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Dallas Police Chase Takes Turn Through Love Field Airport Gate, Across Runways (VIDEO)

Dallas Police Chase Takes Turn Through Love Field Airport Gate, Across Runways (VIDEO)
Police Chase Shuts Down Love Field Airport Runway (AP Photo)

DALLAS (CBS/KTVT/AP) A high-speed police chase ended alongside the Love Field Airport runway in Dallas Thursday afternoon, when the driver crashed through a fence into a restricted area on the tarmac, temporarily halting all flights, according to police.

Officers surrounded and rammed a pickup truck alongside the busy airport runway and pulled the shirtless driver from the car and placed him in handcuffs.

Operations on both major runways were stopped from about 3:20 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., said Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen. One arriving flight had to make a second approach, and all departures were held on the ground until the chase was over.

CBS affiliate KTVT reports the chase began when an undercover police officer spotted a truck that had been reported carjacked at knifepoint a day earlier in Fort Worth, Deputy Chief Jesse Reyes said.

Helicopter footage from KTVT shows police appearing to patiently pursue the slow-moving pickup from expressways to side streets until it drove through the airport fence, along the airport taxiways and past one end of its busiest runways.

Reyes said that once the chase was on a runway "police were prepared to use deadly force." Instead, a patrol car rammed the truck, disabling the vehicle.

While on airport grounds, the driver sped up, driving down a taxiway at a speed of 80 miles per hour, and turned toward a loaded lear jet before being bumped by an off-duty officer in a red pickup. The driver was finally stopped when an officer in a police cruiser hit the gray pickup's back wheel. The tire from the wheel had come off earlier in the chase.

When asked why the driver was not stopped earlier in traffic, Deputy Chief Jesse Reyes said that the driver was suspected in several "violent felony offenses" and they did not attempt to stop him for safety reasons, to both the public and officers.

The driver was a suspect in several offenses in both Dallas and Fort Worth, including a carjacking and robberies, Reyes said.

Reyes said the man, who KTVT reports has been identified as Michael Laurence Browne, complained of chest pains after his arrest and was taken to a hospital. He would not be charged until he is released, Reyes said.


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