A lengthy one-hour chase with the driver of a stolen fire and rescue ambulance in Dallas ended Monday afternoon when the ambulance crashed and the driver tried to overtake police on foot.
Dallas police said the ambulance was picked up by Fire Station 53 on Monday morning and spotted in the early afternoon in southeastern Dallas County.
The man behind the wheel of the ambulance refused to stop and led police for nearly two hours, passing through Dallas County north into Colin County and through the towns of Plano, McKinney and Princeton.
Sometimes the driver intentionally entered the oncoming traffic, but there were no reports of accidents in connection with the chase.
He was back in McKinney, where the driver again tried to lose police, sheriff̵
The ambulance apparently got out of the curb and the driver quickly escaped and tried to overtake the police on foot, while trying to keep his fallen pants.
Moments later, the man was locked in a corner in a fenced area and was detained by several officers near Joyce Way and Tensin Lane.
Officers from the Dallas Police Department, the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office and Texas State Forces, and a number of other agencies helped end the chase.
- Around 1:10 p.m., the chase was underway in Southeast Dallas on Interstate 20 near Lawson. The driver headed for Kaufman County.
- The drive then turned to Forney and returned on I-20 to I-635, where it went north to US 75.
- At 2:05 p.m., the driver headed north toward U.S. 75 toward Plano.
- Shortly before 2:10 p.m., the driver left the highway and entered a residential area, driving through the back lanes.
- Around 2:11 p.m., the driver evaded several Dallas police officers, Dallas County Sheriff’s Deputies, and U.S. soldiers trying to block the neighborhood exit.
- Around 2:18 p.m., the driver got into Texas 121 in McKinney, but got out a little later.
- At approximately 2:30 p.m., the driver headed in the oncoming traffic on U.S. Highway 380 near Princeton.
- At 2:37 p.m., the driver headed west toward U.S. 380.
- At 2:43 p.m., the driver briefly pulled the ambulance off the road to avoid spikes, a retractable device used by police to flatten car tires.
- At 2:55 p.m., the driver crashed into the ambulance during off-road and, while also trying to lift his pants, tried to flee the police on foot. The driver was apprehended a few minutes later near Joyce Way and Tension Lane.