1 dead, 1 hurt in high-speed chase, wreck

Published on Sunday, 25 May 2014 22:50 - Written by Faith Harper, fharper@tylerpaper.com

One man is dead and another in the hospital after a high-speed chase and wreck Saturday evening that led troopers to finding a cache of marijuana in the wrecked vehicle.

About 7:30 p.m., a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper attempted to pull over a Chrysler automobile for a routine traffic stop on Farm-to-Market Road 346 South, near Bullard, said DPS Spokeswoman Jean Dark.

The car, with two men inside, did not pull over and a chase began. Police set up spikes to stop the car, but the car passed through them without stopping.

“It successfully deflated three tires, and normally people stop or they slow down because their vehicle is disabled, but this (vehicle) kept on,” Trooper Dark said.

The vehicle then crashed after failing to navigate a curb and rolled several times.

Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Gary Alfred pronounced the driver dead at the scene, and his passenger was taken to a local hospital, Trooper Dark said. His condition was not known as of press time.

After a search of the car, officers found four pounds of hydroponic marijuana.

The names of the men were not released Sunday, and the incident remains under investigation by DPS.