ROCKWALL, Texas - A high-speed chase from Rockwall to Waco ended when the suspect crashed his car after sheriff's deputies threw down spike strips and shot at the car's tires.
The chase started around 8:30 Thursday night, after a traffic stop in Rockwall, East of Dallas. Several agencies followed a man driving a silver four-door Mazda from Rockwall County into Dallas, Ellis, Hill and McLennan Counties.
The car traveled at speeds up to 100 miles an hour on Interstate 35. During the chase, the driver went the wrong way, drove on the shoulder of the highway and went through a fence at one point to avoid police.
In McLennan County, tire spikes were thrown on the highway to try and stop the car. The driver continued going, with two of the car's tires on rims. Sheriff's deputies shot at the other tires and the driver crashed into a guardrail, near Waco.
"Two tires were spiked so he was running on two flats and after he spun out, hit the guardrail, he was surrounded immediately. He got out of the vehicle and was taken down, placed in handcuffs and taken into custody." said McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara.
Fox 4's Zahid Arab talked to the driver immediately after his arrest. The suspect identified himself as 26-year-old Jonathan Davis of Tennessee.
"Police pulled me over I guess because I was on my Iphone or something. I don't know what happened. I am new to this state. I just moved here two months ago I didn't really pay attention to don't text and drive or whatever. So I did it and he pulled me over." said Davis.
Davis admitted to having marijuana in his car.
"I'm done with people trying to take my freedom because I smoke weed. You can drink it's ten times worse," said Davis.
Davis said he was posting to Instagram and using Snapchat during the chase. Fox 4 looked at Davis' Instagram account but did not find any posts related to the police chase.
"It was definitely a thrill. You go fast in any car, race car track, here, it's fun anywhere. I'm an adrenaline junkie," said Davis.
Davis is facing charges for evading arrest, possession of a controlled substance, marijuana possession and driving while intoxicated.
"This was a very dangerous situation, he put a lot of people in danger. This creep put a lot of people in danger including his own life," said Sheriff McNamara.