Video shows Burleson police in dangerous chase



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Posted on February 23, 2013 at 12:27 AM

Updated Saturday, Feb 23 at 2:26 PM

FORT WORTH -- A Fort Worth man was arrested two weeks ago after allegedly robbing a credit union and leading Burleson Police on a high-speed chase.

Burleson police provided News 8 with two clips of dashcam video Friday showing parts of the eight-minute pursuit, the wreck, and an ensuing foot chase.

On February 9, police say Bentley Jenkins wore a towel over his head as he demanded the teller for cash at the EECU Credit Union on Alsbury Boulevard in Burleson.

Burleson police Commander Cindy Aaron said the bank tellers identified Jenkins as the man who drove away in an older-model silver Lancer and was headed to Interstate 35W.

"One of the officers was sitting in the southbound side and spotted a silver Lancer pass by," Aaron said.

Police tell us Jenkins was easily going over 90 mph.  He tried twice to duck officers by getting on the service roads. The first time, he nearly spun out of control, but redirected. The second time he got on, he put more people at risk. Police were forced to weave through stopped traffic.

"He would drive on the right shoulder of the road, and then cross through traffic on the left shoulder of the road," Aaron said.

At one point shown on the dashcam video, a truck pulled in front of the lead police car, forcing it to a near-stop and causing police to lose a lot of ground. Speeds topped out at 118 mph just to keep up.

"Our policy directs our officers only to engage in pursuit for a violent crime or a felony crime, not for a misdemeanor or traffic violation," Aaron said.

Jenkins would later turn on County Road 917. It is there he took a sharp left curve while dodging traffic, lost control and slammed into a ditch.

Video from a second patrol car showed Jenkins running from his car with an officer not far behind. Jenkins was arrested and taken to a hospital for chest pains.

Police wouldn't say how much money he had with him. Jenkins is facing federal bank robbery charges.