High-speed chase ends in downtown Dallas

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by SHANNON POWELL

WFAA

Posted on April 19, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 19 at 8:17 PM

DALLAS -- A man wanted on an aggravated assault charge led Dallas police on an over hour-long chase across the North Texas area, ending in his arrest in downtown.

According to police sources, the chase started when officers tried to serve a warrant and the suspect fled authorities in an SUV.

The driver was believed to be armed. Police said the suspect fired a weapon at his girlfriend on Wednesday.

The passenger in the SUV during the chase was a woman who was in the vehicle with the suspect at the time police attempted to pull him over. The woman was not the suspect's girlfriend involved in the incident the previous night. Her identity and relationship to the suspect is not yet known.

The chase started with three officers, and after an hour on the road, nearly a dozen vehicles and a SWAT tank joined the chase.

The chase started in the southeast section of Dallas, traveling on US 175 near the downtown area before heading on Interstate 30 past Fair Park and Jim Miller. The driver then left the Dallas area, entering Garland and Mesquite and ultimately heading back into downtown Dallas.

The suspect circled around Dallas City Hall and surrendered on M Street in downtown.

The department's chase rule allows officers to chase a suspect if that person is believed to be a violent offender. Because of the aggravated assault charges against the suspect, officers engaged in pursuit of the man.

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