A 28-year-old Haltom City man was in jail Wednesday, accused of trying to steal an unmarked Haltom City police car with a detective in it.
Haltom City police identified the suspect as Cody Lynn Allen. He was being held in the North Richland Jail on Wednesday.
Authorities continued to search for a second suspect involved in the attempted theft on Tuesday morning.
Allen was arrested after he crashed his car into a building in Fort Worth after a brief police pursuit.
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The incident began about 5:15 a.m. Tuesday, still dark with temperatures in the low 20s, when two men in a black Ford Mustang showed interest in a running car outside a residence in the northwest part of Haltom City.
Haltom City Detective Tony Miller was sitting inside.
“I hadn’t been in the car but a minute, and I saw this car drive by, turn around and park right alongside me on the street,” Miller said in an interview Tuesday.
“I thought this wasn’t going to turn out good, so I pulled out my gun and waited.
“The passenger got out, came up to the door and wiped frost off my window,” he said. “He may not have been able to see inside, so he opened my front door. When he looked inside, I said, ‘Police! Show me your hands.’”
The man jumped back and ran.
Miller chased him on foot for a short distance, but the detective realized he didn’t have his radio and returned to his car.
The Mustang driver sped away.
Miller drove around looking for the men.
“I guess the second suspect wasn’t familiar with the neighborhood because he drives right past me,” Miller said. “That’s when I started following him and got his license number.”
Miller followed the Mustang until Haltom City patrol cars joined the pursuit.
The Mustang crashed into a building at Sylvania Avenue and Kimbo Road in Fort Worth, Haltom City police said. Allen was arrested, treated and released from a hospital and then taken to jail. He faces charges of attempted theft and evading arrest.
Allen has a criminal history in Tarrant County, according to court records. Since April 2004, the he has been arrested 18 times for charges that ranged from theft $50-$1,500 to assaulting a family member. He has had two charges of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle in the last 10 years, records show.