Mother Leads Police On High Speed Chase Through Dallas, Frisco

By Matt Goodman & Andrea Lucia, CBSDFW.COM

PLANO (CBSDFW.COM) – Police arrested a mother in Plano after she allegedly took her two children and led authorities on a chase through three counties that reached speeds of more than 100 miles per hour, a Navarro County Sheriff’s Department spokesman said.

scarlett gorden Mother Leads Police On High Speed Chase Through Dallas, Frisco

Scarlett Gorden is accused of taking her three-year-old and five-year-old children from Navarro County at about 2:40 p.m., the spokesman said. Gorden’s mother has custody of the two and told police she was “greatly concerned for the children’s welfare.”

Police began pursuing Gorden in Ellis County near Wilmer. She drove north on Interstate 45 and then cut through Dallas on the North Central Expressway. She then exited onto the George Bush Turnpike, driving into Richardson and Frisco.

She then exited onto the Dallas North Tollway before making a U-turn and traveling south into Plano. Shortly thereafter, police then tossed spike strips in front of the vehicle.

Gorden stopped the car on Spring Creek Parkway in Plano and surrendered without incident as police approached with guns drawn. The children were first taken to a police SUV and then moved into an ambulance.

“I’m sure they were relieved, I can only imagine being that young and traveling in a car at 100 miles per hour,” said Dallas Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Kim Leach.

Child Protective Services did not take the children after the chase, meaning they’re likely back with family or a guardian. Ellis County is charging Gorden with child endangerment and fleeing from police. The department initially said it would not be filing kidnapping charges, but a release sent later in the evening said it is “reviewing” the case further before making that decision.

Gorden has a prior record for theft, possession of marijuana, driving with a suspended license and failure to identify/intent to give false information to a police officer.


One Comment

  1. Kim Dar says:

    “The children appear unarmed. ” Doesn’t someone proof this stuff? Someone needs to fix this.

  2. truth says:

    “The children appear unarmed….” That’s a relief!! HAHAHAH

    Great editing work.

  3. SC Ward says:

    So glad to see that this ended with no one being hurt. Shame on the mother for putting her children through such a traumatic situation.
    Was glad to see the chase on TV so that people are aware of what it going on and where.
    Heard a newscaster ask a field reporter if when the children were removed from the vehicle by the police if they were crying or asking for their mother. Is that something that really needs to be asked and shared with the public. A 3 & 5 year old are going to be traumatized from something like this. I’m sure they were scared and had no clue what was going on. Let’s find out what happened and why the mother ran the way she did, rather than wondering if the children were crying.

  4. kc says:

    Where in the artical does it say that it was their mother that took the children? Just curious if I was missing something.

    1. Sue says:

      In the first sentence…did you actually read it?

  5. Jamiiiiii says:

    Why does this woman look blonde-haired in the video but brunette in her mug shot? Is this a current mug shot or an old one?

    1. Sue says:

      Thank you…I thought I was seeing things! LOL..She did look blonde in the video.

    2. 2sister says:

      She kind of looks like she had blond hair, but that could just be an optical illusion or just the poor quality of the video. Also, the picture might not be her current mugshot. She apparently has some kind of record.

  6. Gumby Rules says:

    ““I’m sure they were relieved, I can only imagine being that young and traveling in a car at 100 miles per hour,” said Dallas Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Kim Leach.”


    He11 you can’t tell, those kids may have had the time of their lives. May have been more excitement than a trip to Six Flags.

  7. April says:

    I went to school with this girl her name is scarlett Gorden not golden lol. She is a natural blonde that is a mug shot from 2005 not today. She is a blonde though.

  8. Kenneth Reed says:

    Why would the police approach a vehicle with their guns drawn knowing there are small children in there? Where did the safety and concern for these children go?

    1. Kevin says:

      They approached with their guns drawn because they didn’t know if the driver of the vehicle was armed or if there was anyone else in the car they didn’t know about.

  9. Mister ToYou says:

    Why to cops draw guns on suspects, even with kids in the car? Policy, safety, and the fact is women can pull a trigger killing cops, or their own kids too. They showed more restraint, most like for the kid’s sake than I would have. She was handled with “Kid Gloves” rather than bouncing her head off the pavement or the hood of the car. Even one of the cops holding the baby as mom is being restrained in cuffs. Women do kill their own children like Casey Anthony did, and stupid jurors fail to convict so the moms can have more babies to murder.

    1. 2sister says:

      Actually, the jurors probably weren’t stupid it the Casey Anthony case. It’s my understanding that the prosecution didn’t have enough physical evidence to prove how Cayee died. The jurors could only go by what was presented in court and not what they thought probably happened.

  10. PD Blue says:

    And I thought I had a bad mother. Yep, this should help the decision in the custody battle for whoever other than mom gets the kids. If this isn’t bad parenting, I don’t what is. Being an ex-cop myself, the officer’s involved even though prepared for a possible armed confrontation, showed excellent restraint and exceptional professionalism. CNN neutered the video greatly leaving out key parts. This video clearly shows officer’s getting the children to safety, keeping them calm, and waving off other arriving officers in the chase to let them know all was under control and the situation was safe. The other officer’s responded immediately by backing off when waved off by the arresting officers. I can’t say other police agencies always show this type courtesy. I can only assume at some point they became aware of the children in the car and exercised caution and restraint to protect the children. By the way, she looked like she wanted to continue to run after stopping. Would it be a good guess to think she ran out of gas or the engine failed forcing her to stop? From the speed, I’d assume the spike strips didn’t get the tires?

  11. Jthorn says:

    Frisco has been in the news so much!!! It is truly turning into the hood!!! Lock your dorrs Frisco!!!

    1. jthorn says:

      I mean doors!!

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