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Fugitives identified in Fort Worth chase, crash

FORT WORTH -- Police have identified the fugitives who were in a car that ran a red light in west Fort Worth on Wednesday night and broadsided another car in an intersection during a police chase, sending two people to hospitals and damaging four vehicles, police said.

The pursuing officers were assisting the U.S. Marshals Service in arresting two fugitives on federal warrants, said police Sgt. Rodney Bangs, supervisor of the traffic investigation unit.

The fugitives were identified as Joel Anthony Jackson Jr., 36, and Mary Donnelle Sosa, 38, according to Lt. Paul Henderson, a police spokesman.

He said Jackson was wanted on a probation violation connected to a federal weapons charge and Sosa was wanted on suspicion of engaging in organized crime and auto theft.

A police team was following the fugitives -- who were in a Buick Skylark -- in at least one unmarked car. When a marked patrol car arrived and turned on its lights to stop the Buick in the 5700 block of Calmont Avenue, the Buick sped up, Henderson said.

Fort Worth police policy is to chase suspects in all but a few cases. Henderson said police followed the car as it entered eastbound I-30, and eventually exited at Hulen Street.

The car ran the red light at the intersection of Hulen Street and the eastbound service road, about a mile from where the chase started, and broadsided a Chevrolet HHR that was southbound on Hulen.

The passenger in the HHR was thrown from the vehicle and struck an Oldsmobile sedan on the south side of the intersection, Bangs said. The HHR then struck an Acura at the intersection, Bangs said.

The HHR passenger was in stable condition at John Peter Smith Hospital, Bangs said.

Sosa was taken to Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital, but was in custody at the Tarrant County Jail on Thursday afternoon.

Jackson was taken to the Tarrant County Jail and into federal custody Thursday by the U.S. Marshals Service.

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