UPDATE: All traffic stoppages have been cleared and there have been no further accidents, Carter said.
Texas Department of Public Safety staff lieutenant Lonny Haschel said the chase, lasted more than 20 minutes from 8:20 to 8:44 a.m.
Haschel said things began when a highway patrol trooper attempted to pull a Pontiac over for a traffic violation on Loop 288 in Denton, but the driver would not pull over. The driver led law enforcement south down I-35E, at one point forcing an officer to jump out of the way as she drove around a tire deflation device. Observing this, the trooper pulled out his sidearm and shot out the vehicle’s tires. The Pontiac would slow to a halt near Main Street in Lewisville.
Through the entire chase that took upward of 20 minutes over a span of at least 10 miles, the driver never exceeded the posted speed limit.
The female driver, who was the only occupant of the vehicle, was taken into custody without further incident. Haschel said she will be charged with assault with a deadly weapon, evading arrest, possession of marijuana, resisting arrest and driving with a suspended license.
UPDATE: There have been four accidents, two of which had ambulances dispatched to them, in the 35 backup in the past hour, Carter said. He said there don’t appear to be any injuries in any of the collisions.
Carter said he would have to look into each accident individually to discern cause, but guessed that there was some degree of driver inattention involved.
ORIGINAL POST: Two lanes of traffic are blocked on southbound I-35E after a high-speed pursuit ended with law enforcement shooting out a suspect’s tires just inside Lewisville city limits.
Lewisville Police Department Captain Casey Carter said the Denton County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Public Safety was pursuing the vehicle, which eventually came to rest around the 1000 block of I-35 just north of Valley Ridge Blvd. LPD is directing traffic for the incident.
“All we really know about it is we’re working traffic,” Carter said. “We’ve got two lanes of southbound 35 blocked, both on the lake bridge before our city limits starts and well into our city limits.”
Carter said closures should last for the next couple of hours.
The Lewisville Texan Journal will have more on this story as it comes available.