ROWLETT (CBSDFW.COM) – A Department of Public Safety spokesman says the 23-year-old man who led troopers on a low-speed chase spanning three counties Tuesday had no prior record and two small bags of marijuana in his car.
State Troopers attempted to pull Timothy Barber, 23, over in Hunt County town of Greenville after he went around a construction barricade at about 4 p.m.
DPS spokesman Lonnie Haschel said Barber fled westbound along Interstate 30. Troopers gave chase and put down a spike strip as he entered the city of Rockwall, in Rockwall County, blowing his tires.
The suspect drove on the rims of his Mustang for the majority of the chase, averaging a speed of 40 miles per hour. He never drove faster than 80 miles per hour during the chase, a DPS trooper at the scene said.
Barber took the Dalrock exit and led troopers on a chase through a Rowlett neighborhood. The suspect then emerged on Scenic Drive, following it onto eastbound Highway 66 into Dallas County.
Troopers approached Barber’s vehicle and performed a pinning maneuver, causing the Mustang to spin out and slam into the concrete wall on the side of the Lake Ray Hubbard Bridge.
Troopers surrounded the vehicle and arrested him on the bridge over the lake.
“We were very cautious about making sure the tires were spiked and then moved on to the maneuver to stop the car and the best place to do that was the bridge,” Haschel said.
Barber, a Rowlett resident, has no prior record –– but a trooper at the scene said he had two small bags of marijuana inside the car.
Haschel added that authorities followed behind the Mustang for so long because of traffic and safety concerns, as schools were letting out and residents were on their way home from work.
“Thing we wanted to look at is the afternoon traffic and schools and that kind of thing. And that’s why we were very cautious when it came to getting the vehicle stopped,” he said. “We wanted to make sure that we did everything we could to ensure the safety of the people on the roadway, as well as our officers involved, and the suspect.”