Northeast Tarrant

Haltom City man sentenced for trying to steal police car with detective in it

Cody Allen, 29, of Haltom City
Cody Allen, 29, of Haltom City Courtesy

A Haltom City man was sentenced to three years in prison on Monday for evading police after he tried to steal an unmarked Haltom City police car with a detective in it.

Cody Lynn Allen, 29, led police on a brief pursuit before he crashed his car into a building in Fort Worth on Nov. 18.

In an agreement reached with prosecutors on Monday, Allen pleaded guilty to evading arrest and attempted theft of $20,000 -$100,000.

Allen got 120 days on the attempted theft charge and three years on the evading case, sentences which will be served concurrently.

A second suspect involved in the case has yet to be arrested, Haltom City police said Tuesday.

The incident began about 5:15 a.m. on Nov. 18 while it was still dark and with temperatures in the low 20s. Two men in a black Ford Mustang showed interest in a running car outside a residence in the northwest part of Haltom City.

Haltom City Detective Tony Miller was sitting inside.

“I hadn’t been in the car but a minute, and I saw this car drive by, turn around and park right alongside me on the street,” Miller said in an interview with the Star-Telegram in November. “I thought this wasn’t going to turn out good, so I pulled out my gun and waited.”

A passenger got out of the Mustang and walked up to Miller’s door.

“The passenger wiped frost off my window,” Miller said. “He may not have been able to see inside, so he opened my front door. When he looked inside, I said, ‘Police! Show me your hands.’”

The man jumped back and ran.

Miller chased him on foot for a short distance, but the detective realized he didn’t have his radio and returned to his car. That suspect eluded police.

The Mustang driver sped away.

Miller got back in his car and drove around looking for the men.

“I guess the second suspect wasn’t familiar with the neighborhood because he drives right past me,” Miller said in the November interview. “That’s when I started following him and got his license number.”

Miller followed the Mustang until Haltom City patrol cars joined the pursuit.

The Mustang crashed into a building at Sylvania Avenue and Kimbo Road in Fort Worth, Haltom City police said. Allen was arrested, treated and released from a hospital and then taken to jail..

Allen has a criminal history in Tarrant County, according to court records. Since April 2004, he has been arrested 18 times for charges ranging from theft of $50-$1,500 to assault of a family member. He has been charged twice in the last 10 years with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, records show.

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