A Dallas man remained jailed on numerous charges Tuesday after he led officers on a chase that stretched across two counties Friday night.
Chbira George Chavira, 29, was charged with manufacturing/delivery of a controlled substance 4-200 grams, evading arrest/detention with vehicle, tamper/fabricating physical evidence with intent to impair, driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, no driver’s license and failure to maintain financial responsibility.
Total bond on the seven charges was set at $78,800.
Sgt. Bryan Nodine with the Decatur Police Department said he was parked on the shoulder in the 1400 block of U.S. 81/287 in town when Chavira came up over a hill and nearly rear-ended his vehicle around 9:20 p.m. Nodine began pursuing the vehicle as it sped north.
The pursuit reached speeds of around 110 miles per hour as Chavira continued north on U.S. 81/287 toward Alvord.
“When I caught up with him, he was swerving all over the road,” Nodine said. “I thought he might be intoxicated.”
Chavira, driving a 2001 Chevy Malibu, took the business route exit at Alvord and then got back onto U.S. 81/287 and headed back south. As he was passing through Decatur, he was still driving more than 100 miles per hour – nearly double the posted speed limit.
During the chase, Nodine said he saw Chavira constantly throwing narcotics from the vehicle. He also ran several people off the road, Nodine said, and when he reached Rhome, he headed east toward Texas Motor Speedway in Denton County. Since it was a race weekend, traffic got much heavier as Chavira approached Interstate 35. That was a concern for officers because of the greater likelihood of an accident.
By this point, numerous law enforcement agencies had joined the pursuit, including the Wise and Denton County sheriff’s departments, the Texas Department of Public Safety, a game warden and the Fort Worth, Northlake and Justin police departments.
Despite their efforts, Chavira kept going.
“He ran through barricades and nearly hit several Fort Worth police officers,” Nodine said. “They deployed a spike strip, but it was not effective.”
When he reached Interstate 35, Chavira attempted to enter the highway, but as he slowed to make a turn, he began to lose control and went into a skid. It was about this time that Nodine pulled his vehicle side by side with Chavira, and the suspect struck the police car.
Chavira tried to run on foot but got only about 20 yards before he was caught.
Police recovered about 24 grams of methamphetamine in his vehicle but suspect much more was thrown out his window during the chase. Officers were able to recover some of the discarded evidence.
No one was injured in the pursuit or the wreck.
“He could have caused several accidents,” Nodine said. “He struck numerous barricades. It could have been a lot worse than it was.”