Driver leads Texas police on lengthy chase
POSTED: Saturday, March 10, 2012 - 2:00pm
UPDATED: Saturday, March 10, 2012 - 2:04pm
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — A lengthy police chase ended without incident on a bridge over Texas' Lake Ray Hubbard on Tuesday afternoon.
Timothy Barber, 23, allegedly fled an attempted traffic stop for speeding east of Greenville in Hunt County.
"He made that decision, to run from law enforcement, so he ended up getting on I-30 and the result is what we have here this evening," Department of Public Safety Trooper Lonny Haschel.
State troopers deployed spike strips, ripping the rubber tires from the vehicle.
For the next half hour, the driver of the silver Mustang continued along Interstate 30 on only four rims before exiting at Dalrock and driving through a residential neighborhood in Rowlett.
Vehicle registration records show that Barber lives in the neighborhood.
Investigators said they believe he was trying to go home with as many as ten state troopers on his tail.
Barber then got on State Highway 66, Lakeside Parkway, and headed back across the lake.
State troopers took the opportunity to use a PIT maneuver to force Barber into a spin on the two-lane bridge.
With the car stopped, troopers surrounded the vehicle and took Barber into custody without further incident.
"He was on the bridge, so we had no public to worry about getting hurt, and the troopers knew what they were doing, took that training into play and took what they knew and off they went with it, and it came out very well," Haschel said.
Barber faces two charges, evading arrest and possession of marijuana.
Haschel said Barber had no warrants and gave troopers no reason for refusing to stop.