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Dallas jail fences wrecked by rig that later crashed in Bedford

Three fences outside a Dallas County jail were wrecked early Thursday by a tractor-trailer that was chased about 20 miles into Tarrant County where it crashed into the backyard of a home on the west side of Bedford, according to reports.

A 36-year-old man was in police custody at Parkland Memorial Hospital where he was taken after being cuffed by police at the scene of the wreck in the 700 block of westbound Airport Freeway in Bedford, police said.

The man did not appear to be severely injured, but because there was a crash, officers wanted him checked out at the hospital, said Lt. Kirk Roberts, Bedford police spokesman.

The incident began about 4:53 a.m. when a security guard reported that a big rig was stolen near the intersection of Industrial Boulevard and Stemmons Freeway in Dallas, said Sgt. Gil Cerda, Dallas police spokesman

The rig, which had a piece of equipment on its trailer, possibly a backhoe, was next seen smashing into three 18-foot fences at the Lew Sterrett Justice Center. Estimated damage was $10,000, Cerda said.

Police were notified and they chased the rig onto Stemmons Freeway, commonly known as Interstate 35E, Cerda said.

The chase merged onto Texas 183, also called Airport Freeway, and into Irving, Cerda said.

Irving police then followed the rig through their city and into Euless and eventually Bedford, Cerda said.

It finally ended in the 700 block of westbound Airport Freeway, said Lt. Roberts.

"Somehow the driver lost control, crossed the grassy median, crossed an entrance ramp to the freeway, then crossed another grassy median, Roberts said.

The rig crashed through a fence of a home that backs up against the highway's access road, Roberts said.

"It struck a storage shed or some type of out building and then sunk pretty good into the mud," Roberts said.

The driver was arrested by Irving officers who released him to Dallas police, Cerda said.

He was taken to the Dallas hospital in a Bedford ambulance, Roberts said.

Three wreckers were needed to clear the wreckage, including one for the truck, one for the trailer and one for the cargo on the trailer, Roberts said.

It was unclear at noon why the man fled from police, but officers were still investigating the case, Cerda said.

Meanwhile, he said the man, at the very least, faced criminal mischief charges, although evading police and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle were also being considered, Cerda said.