Police chase on I-30 ends in crash in Arlington

A suspect was apprehended Wednesday afternoon after a Fort Worth police chase that spanned more than two hours.

The chase ended around 4 p.m. when a SWAT truck rammed the white sedan police were pursuing, causing the car to spin out and crash.

The shirtless male driver tried to crawl out through a window, but a handful of SWAT Team members approached and apprehended him.

He was then loaded onto a stretcher and into an ambulance.


Sources say the driver, whom Fort Worth police identify as 42-year-old Joe Gonzales, just got out of prison.

The car that Gonzales was driving belongs to his aunt, who was with police negotiators that were on the phone with the suspect during the chase.

Gonzales has an extensive criminal history, which includes convictions of unlawful carrying weapon, driving while intoxicated, possession of a controlled substance and aggravated robbery.

Police haven't released details yet as to what exactly he had in the car, why he was running and why police didn't stop him sooner.

The chase began eastbound on I-30 with the suspect going very slowly at first, around 5 miles per hour.

The driver slowed down significantly at times, but then continued on, eventually going into residential neighborhoods and strip mall parking lots in Arlington.


Police briefly shut down part of I-30 where the chase ended, but cleared the scene just after 5:30 p.m.




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