Man in custody at hospital after wreck ends Grand Prairie chase

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A man was in custody at a Dallas hospital Thursday after he led police on a brief chase that reached speeds of more than 100 mph before he drove his car into a guardrail at Joe Pool Lake, Grand Prairie police said Thursday.

The suspect's vehicle exploded and was left in pieces on impact, but the driver exited and hid from police for more than hour before a Grand Prairie resident alerted authorities about a suspicious man in a neighborhood. When officers arrived, police determined the suspicious man was the driver of the car that had wrecked.

The suspect, who Grand Prairie police did not identify, was at Methodist Dallas Medical Center.

The chase began shortly before 3:30 a.m. Thursday when an officer attempted to stop the suspect on a traffic violation.

"He then just punched it," said Grand Prairie Det. Mark Beseda on Thursday. "He was easily traveling over 100 (mph)."

But the suspect lost control of his car in the 5700 block of Lake Ridge Parkway in Grand Prairie.

"There's a slight curve there, and there was no way he could have made it as fast he was going," Beseda said.

An officer saw the explosion, but the suspect had already left the scene by the time police arrived, authorities said. With the help of a Texas Department of Public Safety helicopter, authorities searched the area, but there was no sign of the suspect.

Shortly before 5 a.m. Thursday, a resident called police, saying there was a suspicious man holding his chest and walking around in the neighborhood.

The neighborhood is south of the wreck scene on Lake Ridge Parkway.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763

Twitter: @mingoramirezjr

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