An I-30 vehicle chase the began in Sulphur Springs reportedly spanned more than 50 miles across four counties Thursday morning, according to law enforcement reports.
The incident started at 9:52 a.m. Aug. 5, 2021, when a Sulphur Springs Police office stopped the driver of a GMC Arcadia for a traffic violation with a routine traffic stop on Interstate 30 east near mile marker 126. The stop continued as normal until the officer obtained the man’s identifying information to conduct a routine records check.
A check using the driver’s ID showed him to be a Texas man wanted on a misdemeanor charge from another agency – likely the reason the man fled the scene in the SUV instead of waiting for the officer to return to him. The SSPD officer began pursuing the vehicle on I-30 east, and notified other authorities via radio of the pursuit. Other officials including Texas Department of Public Safety troopers joined the pursuit as it sped through their jurisdictions, some reportedly attempting to set up road spikes but unable to get ahead of the Arcadia to set out the stop sticks.
The I-30 vehicle chase chase continued east through Hopkins, Franklin, Titus and Morris Counties, and almost into Bowie County near mile marker 178, before officials called off the pursuit at 10:22 a.m. Thursday. In instance such as this, SSPD typically files at large for a warrant for the fleeing suspect’s arrest on an evading arrest or detention with a vehicle charge, officials noted.