DALLAS COUNTY -- A family member of a man involved in a police chase was given a citation for following the procession of cars that weaved through Southern Dallas County for over two hours early Tuesday.
Police have identified the chase suspect as Javier Salinas.
At about midnight, Richardson police put out an all-points bulletin to area law enforcement to be on the lookout for an SUV that was stolen from a hotel.
A Dallas County deputy located the vehicle on Interstate 30 near Westmoreland Road in downtown Dallas. Salinas refused to pull over and the chase began.
Speeds reached up to 60 mph as the suspect drove for nearly two-and-a-half hours through various neighborhoods in Southern Dallas County, including Oak Cliff and Pleasant Grove.
Spike strips were deployed at least twice, disabling the vehicle but not stopping it, as the suspect continued driving on rims and busted rubber -- all the while smoking cigarettes and engaging with local news photographers.
At some point, police were heard on the bull horn shouting at the suspect to give himself up as he slowly drove through a neighborhood near Gillette Street, where a family member reportedly lives.
Some of those family members were somehow made aware of the situation and at least two of them joined in the chase.
One of those family members was ticketed for interfering with a police chase, a misdemeanor, although the exact circumstances behind the citation are still unknown and their motivation remains unclear.
About 30 minutes before the chase ended, a female passenger got out of the vehicle. She was immediately detained by police and claimed she had been kidnapped. Police could not confirm that, however, and are still investigating.
The chase finally ended just after 2:30 a.m. when the suspect stopped and surrendered without further incident.
He was taken into custody and is facing multiple charges. He has not been identified.
Dallas police and a Department of Public Safety helicopter assisted. Several streets were blocked although no traffic issues were reported.
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