MESQUITE, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – A motorcyclist who was running from police lost his leg after crashing during a chase that started in Mesquite and ended in Ellis County.

Police say Mesquite officers tried to stop the motorcyclist near I-20 and Dowdy Ferry Road just after 11 a.m. for an unknown reason. That’s when he took off and led police on a chase.

The Dallas County Sheriff’s Department joined in on the chase as the motorcyclist sped down I-20 and then onto I-35E.

Police say the motorcyclist eventually slammed into the back of a car near I-35E and Highway 77. The crash was so violent that he lost his leg due to the impact.

Mesquite police used a tourniquet to help the motorcyclist until emergency crews arrived. He was eventually taken to the hospital where he’s expected to recover.