DALLAS - The man accused of taking deputies on a low-speed chase through southeast Dallas County said he had good reason for not pulling over.
Javier Salinas said he had no idea Wednesday Tuesday morning’s two-hour pursuit made headlines. Deputies used spike strips to deflate his tires, but he kept going and even drove on the rims.
The 25-year-old suspect said he was scared and high on heroin, riding around with his girlfriend when police noticed his Tahoe was reported stolen.
He said he did not stop because he feared police would hurt him.
“I was scared. Nowadays cops be beating people up, shooting ‘em, killing ‘em, tasing them for no reason. And I thought, ‘Man, look. I’m gonna try to get to my side of town,’” he said from behind bars.
Salinas said he just got out of jail earlier this year after an arrest on drug charges. During the interview, he admitted to stealing the SUV.
He’s now charged with auto theft and evading arrest.