Motorcyclist arrested after chase through two North Texas counties

A motorcyclist who led law enforcement officers through two North Texas counties was arrested late Wednesday in Irving, authorities said.

The motorcyclist, identified as Alonzo Mendoza, 22, of Carrollton, was being stopped for illegally passing a stationary emergency vehicle on Interstate 35E, according to a report from the Department of Public Safety.

He was heading north on I-35E near Waxahachie when the pursuit began just before 10 p.m. Initially, the chase involved a Milford police officer, who soon got assistance from a DPS helicopter and DPS troopers on the ground, according to DPS Lt. Lonny Haschel.

Dallas sheriff's deputies joined in when the motorcylist crossed into Dallas County on I-35 and eventually exited onto Highway 635. Mendoza was arrested at a gas station at Valley Ranch Parkway and MacArthur Boulevard in Irving about 10:45 p.m.

He was transported to the Ellis County Jail where he was charged with evading arrest, reckless driving, and possession of marijuana under two ounces, Haschel said in a news release.