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Riding high; Chase ends with wreck, arrest

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, March 17, 2018

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Ending With a Crash

ENDING WITH A CRASH – A high-speed chase down U.S. 287/81 ended just south of Farm Road 407 Wednesday. Messenger photo by Richard Greene

A Dallas man led a high-speed pursuit north on U.S. 81/287 Wednesday night before crashing just south of Farm Road 407.

Sammy Thomas, 26, was not injured in the wreck shortly after 10 p.m. He was arrested on a charge of evading arrest and taken to Wise County Jail after being checked out by medics. He was also charged with driving while intoxicated, reckless driving and possession of a controlled substance penalty group 1 greater than a gram. He was still in jail Friday morning with his total bail for the four charges set at $20,000.

Department of Public Safety Trooper Ralph Wallace said Thomas admitted to taking PCP, marijuana, cocaine and aspirin and was on his way to St. Louis to see a girlfriend.

Responding medics were asked to wear protective gloves because of the possible presence of the opioid fentanyl.

“We’re investigating after discovering some things. We’ll send [the items] for testing and that’ll take a month,” Wallace said.

The pursuit started on U.S. 81/287 at the Wise and Tarrant county line. Wallace said Thomas was clocked driving 91 mph in his red, Volkswagen Jetta.

After speeding through Rhome, Thomas crossed through the median and the southbound lanes approximately one-half mile south of FM 407 before crashing off the west side of the road. The Volkswagen briefly caught fire.

“Officers used their fire extinguishers and put out the fire,” Wallace said. “He was lucky he didn’t hit anyone head on. He crossed all four lanes.”

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