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Denton Man Lead Trooper On Chase In Stolen Truck

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A 26-year-old Denton man lead trooper on a chase in a stolen truck on Interstate 30 from Hunt County to Sulphur Springs, before being apprehended, according to arrest reports.

Blake Allan Gagliardi (Denton County Sheriff’s Office photo 01/09/2020)

Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Brandon Biggins reported being notified last Monday morning, Jan. 11, that a stolen vehicle was spotted traveling east on Interstate 30 near mile marker 83. The trooper reported seeing a red Nissan Frontier with the noted license plate and lowered tailgate. When the DPS officer activated the emergency lights on his patrol vehicle near mile marker 102. The Denton man drove the truck onto exit 104 off I-30, and “pretended that he was going to stop but then sped up and began to evade,” Biggins alleged in arrest reports.

The pickup continued east along I-30 from Hunt County into Hopkins County and on into Sulphur Springs, where it reportedly took the Bill Bradford Road exit and changed direction. The truck continued through Sulphur Springs with units in pursuit. The car ended up on Houston Street and turned west back toward Commerce on State Highway 11 west, where it crashed near Sulphur Springs city limits on SH 11 west, according to arrest and law enforcement reports.

The driver of the truck was identified as 26-year-old Blake Alan Gagliardi of Denton. Dispatchers confirmed with Dallas Police the truck was the vehicle reported stolen. A records check showed Gagliardi to have outstanding warrants for his arrest on a Denton fraudulent use or possession of identifying information and a violation of parole charge, according to jail reports.

He was taken into custody on both warrants as well as unauthorized use of a vehicle and evading arrest or detention with a vehicle charges. Gagliardi remained in Hopkins County jail Tuesday, Jan. 11, according to jail reports.

The Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office is located at 298 Rosemont St., Sulphur Springs, TX 75482.

Non-emergency calls can be made to (903) 438-4040.

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Author: Faith Huffman

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