Suspect leaps from moving car before capture in Granbury

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by GARY REAVES / WFAA-TV

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Posted on February 22, 2010 at 3:07 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 23 at 5:39 PM

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GRANBURY — The driver of a white sedan faces multiple charges after leading police on an action-packed pursuit that at times looked like a Hollywood movie.

The suspect weaved in-and-out of the streets and highways of Tarrant and Hood counties at speeds up to 100 mph before he was captured Monday afternoon.

The 45-minute chase began after an officer in Fort Worth pulled over the suspect on Alta Mere Drive just south of Interstate 30 at 12:42 p.m.

The suspect took off after the officer determined that he was wanted for violating parole on a burglary charge and asked for backup units.

The man headed westbound on I-30, then turned south on Loop 820 until the driver's Hyundai got off on Highway 377 and headed south.

 Police were able to throw down a set of spikes when the chase hit Hood County, but the suspect managed to drive around them.

The pursuit led to some tricky turns in the parking lot of a Hilton hotel in Granbury, where the suspect managed to escape several patrol cars by hopping over a curb, losing a hubcap and driving over a median — then back onto the road.

The incident turned more dangerous near Granbury's town square, where Bert Woodbury had a restaurant filled with lunch hour customers as she spotted the speeding car.

"It scared me, because there are a lot of innocent people out there, and somebody was bound to get hurt," she said.

The driver didn't slow down as he approached the square; he sped up, rear-ending John Kerulis' car as he was stopped at a traffic light.

As police with guns drawn approached the wanted man's car, he hit the accelerator and drove across a sidewalk to get away.

Kerulis was incredulous. "You can't run away from cops; it's crazy," he said.

The man drove another two miles north of town until police closed in .

But even after he was cornered, the suspect kept trying to get away. Doing his best Tom Cruise impression, the suspect abandoned his disabled car while it was still rolling, hopped on the hood and  leaped to the pavement — narrowly avoiding being run over by his own car and a police cruiser.

The man then leaped over a guardrail and tumbled down an embankment, where he was nabbed by officers within seconds.

Fort Worth police said the man, whose name was not available, would be charged with evading arrest and violating parole. He could also face additional traffic charges in Granbury.

And as for John Kerulis' car? "It's probably totaled," he said.

WFAA's Marjorie Owens contributed to this report

E-mail greaves@wfaa.com

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