Texas law enforcement officers have arrested a suspect who stole 18 wheeler and led them on a high speed pursuit that ended in a fiery crash in Arlington.
High Speed Semi Chase Begins In Fort Worth, Ends In Arlington
The chase began in Fort Worth when police noticed a semi driving erratically and striking other vehicles. A pursuit ensued, with the truck at times hitting speeds of nearly 100 m.p.h. according to local reports. The truck struck more vehicles during the pursuit.
The pursuit ended when the truck crashed into a concrete barrier near the Cooper Street exit in Arlington.
— WFAA-TV (@wfaachannel8) June 9, 2017
Witnesses say that the truck’s driver was male, but as SWAT teams surrounded the truck, they reported that could only see a female inside.
Suspect Now In Custody
Police surrounded the truck with their firearms drawn for hours as they tried to talk the suspect into exiting the truck.
Arlington SWAT is working with Fort Worth SWAT in an attempt to get driver of the semi to exit the vehicle. Still ongoing. Avoid the area. pic.twitter.com/ViqXbCMhDg
— Fort Worth Police (@fortworthpd) June 9, 2017
At 3:40 p.m., the Fort Worth Police Department announced that they had a suspect in custody. It is unclear if the female spotted in the truck has been located.
Twelve injuries have been reported so far as a result of the crashes. None of these injuries are thought to be life threatening.
I-30 is considered to be an active crime scene. Drivers are asked to avoid the area for the rest of the day. The incident has caused huge traffic delays as bystanders have gathered to watch.
The truck belongs to Pesado Transport of Socorro. The company is aware that the truck was stolen and involved in a police chase.
The investigation into the incident is ongoing.