High-Speed Chase Ends In Interstate Wreck, Arrest

By: Paul J. Gately Email
By: Paul J. Gately Email

CORSICANA (June 12, 2013)—A high-speed car chase that started Tuesday in Dallas after a car was stolen and its driver shot ended with an arrest in Corsicana early Wednesday morning.

A Department of Public Safety communications officers said Navarro County troopers got involved in the chase just before the fleeing driver wrecked the stolen 2005 Mercedes as he took an exit off Interstate 45 in Corsicana.

Incident reports show Dallas police were sent at about 4 p.m. Tuesday to a report of a car jacking and shooting on Dallas streets.

Officers at the scene said a man had pulled a gun on the driver of a 2005 Mercedes, shot him and stole his car.

Officers searched the area for the stolen Mercedes but it wasn’t until after 10:30 p.m. Tuesday that police were able to track the stolen car down.

As officers attempted to stop the car the driver fled and ended up southbound on Interstate 45.

Several law enforcement agencies joined in the chase that finally came to an end at about 11:15 p.m. Tuesday when the driver of the Mercedes attempted to take the U.S. Highway 287 exit just south of Corsicana at mile marker 229.

The driver crashed the car and fled the scene on foot with police in chase.

A Dallas Police Department air unit, DPD K-9 units and several other agencies began a foot search of the area and were able to locate the suspect at about 12:40 a.m. Wednesday and take him into custody.

A news release later in the morning from Dallas police said Christopher Darnell Shields, 31, was in custody at the Lew Sterrett Justice Center, in Dallas, awaiting arraignment and facing charges of evading arrest and aggravated robbery.

The name and condition of the man who was shot was not known Wednesday morning.


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