Multiple area police agencies chased a driver through Denton at high speeds Thursday night, ending about 10 p.m. in a head-on collision near Bonnie Brae Street and West University Drive, according to authorities and witnesses.
The driver of the pursued vehicle was driven to a hospital after the crash. A witness said the other vehicle in the crash was driven by a woman who was not taken to a hospital. Someone at a nearby business said westbound traffic on University was shut down for about two hours Thursday night.
A resident near Mr. Chopsticks restaurant, in the 1600 block of Scripture Street, said they saw Denton police SUVs speeding through the area giving chase.
Denton police spokesman Bryan Cose said the Northeast Police Department (Cross Roads/Krugerville) led the chase, and Denton police were involved only to assist. Northeast police officials did not return multiple calls requesting the name of the man they arrested, but one officer said the man was released from the hospital and placed into Denton County Jail.
3700 block of South Interstate 35E — Denton police received an aggravated robbery report from a man who said he was told at gunpoint to drive to a town in southern Oklahoma and buy a phone for someone, according to the police report.
The man said that while he was entering a QuickTrip convenience store early Thursday evening, a man pressed a gun to his back. The man went back to his car. The suspect, the report shows, got into the back seat, and a woman got into the passenger seat.
The male suspect told him to drive to the Oklahoma town and purchase a phone for him using the victim’s own money, the report shows. Police would not identify which town in Oklahoma.
The victim said he drove to the town, bought a phone from an AT&T store and when he gave the phone to the suspects, they got into another car and left. The police are handling it as an aggravated robbery case.
2800 block of Nottingham Road — Police arrested four people Thursday who were involved in a front-yard fight, according to a police report.
Police said they got a call a little after noon Thursday about people arguing outside a residence. Police responded to the call, finding several people outside yelling. Officers ordered everyone to the ground.
Police searched one man who was suspected of having a gun on him. He did not have a gun on him, but he did have some heroine in his pocket, police said. He was arrested on a charge of possession of a controlled substance.
Three others were arrested for disorderly conduct for fighting in public.
One of those men was charged with possession of a controlled substance after officers found a prescription pain pill in his pocket, Denton police spokesman Bryan Cose said.
From 7 a.m. Thursday to 7 a.m. Friday:
- The Denton County Sheriff’s Office handled 933 service and officer-initiated calls for the agencies it serves.
- The Denton Police Department handled 174 service and officer-initiated calls and made 11 arrests.
- Denton firefighters responded to 28 medical calls and five vehicle crashes.