Fort Worth police chase

Fort Worth police chase

Credit: WFAA

A suspect dangles what appears to be a green canvas bag shortly before he is subdued by Fort Worth police on August 27, 2013.

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by WFAA

WFAA

Posted on August 28, 2013 at 8:29 AM

FORT WORTH — Fort Worth police apprehended a man Tuesday afternoon following a harrowing 45-minute pursuit that ended in the shadow of a city recreation center..

The pursuit started at a residence in the 1100 block of Trinidad Drive, where investigators said the suspect attempted to burn his house down and threatened his wife with knives.

He then crashed a black pickup truck through the garage door, striking a firefighter as he fled the scene.

Police began chasing the man along freeways and city streets.

The incident ended shortly after 5 p.m. when the suspect's truck — already crippled by a flat tire — crashed through a barricade and drove across the field surrounding the Highland Hills Recreation Center in the 1600 block of Glasgow Road, four miles north of where the pursuit started.

The pickup sailed between the entrance of the center and a waiting school bus, and then came to a stop along a sidewalk.

The shirtless man exited the cab of the truck and immediately grabbed what appeared to be a green canvas bag from the bed as four police cars pulled up behind him.

When it appeared that the man refused to comply with orders to drop the bag, police fired a stun gun to bring him down.

The man was handcuffed and led away.

The name of the suspect is not yet available.

E-mail mdiaz@wfaa.com and jdouglas@wfaa.com

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