A police chase involving suspected members of the Aryan Circle led to erratic driving into oncoming traffic and a high-speed pursuit through a residential neighborhood Saturday night, according to police. One man was arrested.
The pursuit began about 9 p.m., shortly after a Fort Worth police officer was called to the 2000 block of North Main Street late Saturday by an undercover officer watching three suspicious men in a purple Dodge pickup, according to a police report.
The men were suspected of "felonious activity," said Lt. Paul Henderson, a police spokesman.
Officer A.R. White followed the pickup in his marked car and tried to stop it after it made a sudden lane change, almost hitting several cars, he wrote in his report.
But when he tried to stop the pickup in the 800 block of Northside Drive, the truck took off into a residential area, "reaching speeds up to 60 mph while zigzagging through a residential area around Gould Street and Grand Avenue," Henderson said.
"The truck eventually ended back up on North Main Street, where it collided with a red car at the intersection of ... Northside Drive, but it didn't end there" Henderson said.
As White slowed near the Stockyards, the pickup kept going on Main Street, going 60 mph through the Stockyards, running red lights and stop signs, he said in his report.
The pickup eventually made its way to Lake Worth, at times tossing cellophane packages from the window, Henderson said. He said police suspect that the packages had drugs in them.
On Azle Avenue, the pickup drove into oncoming traffic at times, Henderson said.
"Cars swerved left and right, narrowly missing the fleeing truck," he said.
In Lake Worth, the pickup smashed into the fence at the U.S. Post Office at 3930 Telephone Road, then drove into oncoming traffic on Jacksboro Highway before turning into a Target store.
The men abandoned the truck, and White tackled one -- Kelvin Ray Baker, 29, of Watauga -- inside Circuit City retail store, Henderson said.
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Baker is a documented member of the Aryan Circle, a white supremacist group that started in the Texas prison system, according to the police report. Baker told White "he was just hanging out ... with [his friend] Billy and looking for some dope."
Baker has several prior arrests in Tarrant County on drug and theft charges, according to court records. The other two suspects -- identified only as white men -- were at large Sunday.