Wild pursuit for child sex assault suspect ends in Garland

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by TERESA WOODARD

WFAA

Posted on March 27, 2013 at 8:37 AM

GARLAND — A man wanted on child sex assault charges apparently shot himself Tuesday night after leading police on a 90-minute, high-speed chase around Dallas County and into neighboring Rockwall County.

Balch Springs police spokesman Lt. Mark Maret said the driver fled as officers went to the unnamed suspect's residence to serve a warrant for four aggravated sexual assaults of a child.

The pursuit ended shortly after 10 o'clock when the suspect, driving a white Dodge extended cab pickup truck hauling a trailer, crashed into a barrier wall near Bass Pro Drive on Interstate 30 in Garland.

Police said it appeared the suspect shot himself inside the cab of the vehicle. The person's condition was not released, but an ambulance was called to the scene.

Police shut down the freeway in both directions after the crash.

Earlier, the driver had refused to pull over as police from other agencies joined the pursuit at speeds up to 100 mph along LBJ Freeway and Interstate 30.

"The suspect made several trips back-and-forth through Mesquite, Garland, Dallas, before coming eastbound on Highway 30 through Rowlett and then to Rockwall," Lt. Maret said.

A police helicopter reported that the pickup truck bumped a number of squad cars during the chase. "It's also my understanding there were possibly some shots fired," Lt. Maret added. "It does tell you something about his demeanor."

No officers fired a shot during the pursuit, and no police or civilians were injured.

Balch Springs police promised additional details at a Wednesday morning news conference.

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