After being spotted in the 2800 block of Forth Worth Drive on Wednesday afternoon, a 39-year-old man allegedly led Denton police on a chase all the way to Gainesville.

The man drove a Ford F-250 pickup, which had been stolen from a Grand Prairie resident, north from Denton on Interstate 35E across county lines before police were able to convince him to pull over and turn himself in.

The caller who reported the truck stolen was not the vehicle’s owner, said Khristen Jones, spokeswoman for the police. It is not clear how the caller knew the driver.

Officers were able to determine the driver’s identity and called his cellphone during the chase.

“Officers were on the phone with the suspect and were able to communicate with him to stop the vehicle and surrender to police,” Jones said.

While police had interacted with the suspect before, it is not clear how they identified him and got his number during the chase.

The 39-year-old driver was arrested on charges of unauthorized use of a vehicle, evading arrest or detention with the use of a vehicle and unlicensed possession of a firearm by a felon.

Police issue warnings after lane shifts on 288

Intersection of South Loop 288 and Interstate 35E — As part of a Texas Department of Transportation project, lanes passing beneath Interstate 35E on South Loop 288 have recently shifted.

Drivers passing underneath the interstate in either direction will have one lane heading straight and one turn lane. Jones said the changes are marked with multiple signs.

“Due to several questions and concerns from the public, traffic officers have been assigned to work the area as everyone adjusts to the shift,” she said. “At this time, officers are issuing warnings for improper turn to those that turn left out of the straight lane.”

Other reports

1500 block of Paco Trail — What started as a report of criminal mischief ended with a resident pinning a home invader until officers arrived.

Callers told police that an unknown person was trying to break the windows of their home Saturday night. When officers arrived, the 21-year-old suspect had allegedly broken a window, climbed through and been confronted by the 41-year-old occupant.

The 21-year-old was arrested on charges of criminal mischief and criminal trespass.

600 block of East Hickory Street — One arrest was made after a woman allegedly threw candy inside the vestibule leading to the police department.

Jones said an officer saw a woman nearby who fit the description given and attempted to speak with her. The 33-year-old allegedly wouldn’t give her name or tell the officer anything.

She was eventually arrested on a charge of littering. She was not arrested on a charge of failure to identify.


From 6 a.m. Sunday to 6 a.m. Monday:

  • Denton police handled 149 service and officer-initiated calls and made four arrests.

From 7 a.m. Sunday to 7 a.m. Monday:

  • The Denton County Sheriff’s Office handled 1,019 service and officer-initiated calls for the agencies it serves.

MARSHALL REID can be reached at 940-566-6862 and via Twitter at @MarshallKReid.

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