KETR Local
2:48 am
Wed September 17, 2008

Chase injures police officer, suspect still on loose

Royse City, Greenville – A traffic stop on Interstate 30 in Rockwall County leads to a high speed chase, and two people two people - including a police officer - hospitalized.

The event occurred Tuesday evening where a motorcycle was pulled over by a Rockwall County Sheriff's Deputy for no license plate. While dispatch was called, the biker fled.

Rockwall County deputies and Royse City police units joined in pursuit and later Greenville and Hunt County officers took up the chase.

During the pursuit, Officer Tim West of the Royse City Police Department clipped the left rear of an SUV. Both vehicles flipped several times before ending up on a guardrail near mile marker 82. Both individuals were transported to two area hospitals. As of Wednesday afternoon, Officer West had been released. The status of the other victim was unknown, but the person was said to have suffered only minor injuries.

Greenville Police Department and Hunt County Sheriff's Department were notified and began following the cycle to the State Highway 34 exit. Police found the motorcycle in the Wal-Mart parking lot.

According to Wal-Mart employees, the suspect went into the store's bathroom and removed at least his jacket and helmet, before fleeing at just after 8:30 p.m. As of Wednesday afternoon, the suspect had not been apprehended. The suspect is described as a slender white male in his late teens to early 20's.

At around 8:45 p.m., a car was reported stolen from the Cracker Barrel parking lot, about a half mile from Wal-Mart. Police are unsure if the incident is related to the motorcycle suspect. The stolen vehicle is described as a teal 1995 4-door Honda Accord with Texas license plate number N40ZHH.

Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of this vehicle is asked to contact Hunt County Crime Stoppers at 903-457-2929, or Rockwall County Crime Stoppers at 972-771-8477.