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2 in custody after Tarrant County police chase

HALTOM CITY — Beltran Martin, 24, was in police custody late Thursday after leading Fort Worth police on a miles-long chase that started when a traffic officer using radar tried to stop him for speeding, police said.

Jennifer Ann Lopez, 24, who let Martin into a house in the 1700 block of West Oakwood Street after he jumped from his truck, is also in custody, said police spokesman Lt. Paul Henderson

Fort Worth police officer Rob Moore said he was monitoring traffic with a radar gun at Interstate 35W and Garden Acres Road when he clocked Martin going 80 mph in a 65 mph zone in a 2006 Dodge pickup.

I tried to stop him," Moore said. But he forced a lady off the road and then the pursuit began."

Other officers joined the pursuit as Martin drove north to Interstate 20, headed east to Arlington where he got off on Green Oaks Boulevard, Sgt. Paul Ware said.

When he reached Interstate 30, he headed back toward Fort Worth. At Loop 820, he got off on Trinity Boulevard and snaked his way into Haltom City, the officers said.

Henderson said Martin jumped out of his truck in the 1800 block of Higgins Street and jumped a fence. At a house in the 1700 block of West Oakwood, Lopez let him inside.

Officers later found him hiding under the house, Henderson said.

Martin was being booked late Thursday on a charge of evading arrest using a vehicle, a state jail felony, but he could face other charges if a review of helicopter videotape shows that he threatened officers with his vehicle, Henderson said. He also ran through a railroad crossing arm, destroying railroad property, he said.

"I asked him why he didn't stop," Henderson said. He said he was a habitual criminal and was afraid of being put away for long time.

"Hopefully, we can accommodate him."