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Video shows Fort Worth police dragging suspect from burning pickup

FORT WORTH — A video released Wednesday shows police officers dragging a man from a burning pickup after he led them on a chase through a far north Fort Worth neighborhood Sunday.

The dashboard-camera video shows the man’s burning pickup and rolls as officers drag his limp body to safety, eventually placing him behind the cover of a nearby vehicle.

Police began to chase the man about 9 p.m., shortly after his wife called police to report a domestic disturbance at their home in the 5900 block of Ravenya Street.

When police arrived, the man, 41-year-old Russell Greenwood, was sitting in the driver’s seat of his black GMC pickup, according to Lt. Paul Henderson, a police spokesman.

As officers T.A. Leise and J. Howze walked up to the truck, Greenwood drove off, yelling, “Follow me!” to the officers, Henderson said.

“With emergency lights and sirens blaring from two marked police cruisers, the officers did just that, only they were not following Greenwood, they were in pursuit,” Henderson said.

Greenwood drove west on Cromwell Marine Creek Road, then turned south onto Bowman Roberts Road, where he wrecked in the 6100 block and took out three telephone poles.

As officers watched, Greenwood’s pickup burst into flames, Henderson said.

Officers tried to pull Greenwood from the truck, but the intense heat and Greenwood’s lack of cooperation “foiled their attempts,” Henderson said.

Greenwood eventually rolled out the back passenger door and collapsed, Henderson said.

“Officers quickly moved in, latched on to the arms and legs of Greenwood, and pulled him safely across the street where two civilians had been watching the drama unfold,” he said.

One bystander can be seen helping an officer drag Greenwood behind a patrol car in the video.

Greenwood wasn’t injured, Henderson said, and was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and evading arrest. A police supervisor at the scene also said Greenwood had an outstanding warrant for a previous assault in Fort Worth.

During that incident, in late July, according to a police report, Greenwood’s wife told police she came home and was talking to a friend on her phone when Greenwood pulled her into a bathroom and hit her on the head and choked her several times, saying he “was going to kill her.” He fled in his truck that time as well, according to police.

The fire burned the front of the truck but not the cab. Firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze.

Greenwood was being held in the Mansfield Jail on Wednesday night, a jail official said. Bail was set at $14,500.

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