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Man gets 8 years for forklift chase in Fort Worth

This was not a classic high-speed police chase.

But it was certainly memorable, and it won’t soon be forgotten by Timothy Lane Raines, the Fort Worth man accused of stealing a forklift in 2011 and driving it down Interstate 30 — reaching speeds of 16 mph — while throwing beer bottles at police.

Raines, 47, was sentenced Tuesday to eight years in prison.

He had pleaded guilty to theft of $1,500-$20,000, driving while intoxicated, aggravated assault on a public servant and evading arrest.

Court hearings were delayed several times because Raines had been found incompetent to stand trial. He was found competent this year.

The incident occurred on the afternoon of Aug. 14, 2011, when police received reports of a man in a forklift driving down University Drive.

In a jailhouse interview with WFAA a few days after his arrest, Raines claimed that he had stopped taking medication for his mental illness and said he took the forklift, loaded his dog on it, drove to a beer store and picked up a six-pack.

Authorities believe Raines took the forklift from a construction site on Rosedale Street.

Raines drove down University Drive, drinking beer and making obscene gestures at officers who tried to stop him. He almost hit several vehicles, including patrol cars.

“There were so many of them [police], I was afraid to pull over,” Raines told WFAA. “I did stop one time, and they ran up and tried to Taser me and I was afraid to stop again.”

Finally, police got Raines to stop.

“I really don’t remember too much of it,” Raines said in the 2011 interview. “It’s kind of like a dream to me. But I didn’t want the dog to get hurt.”