|Multi-county pursuit ends with fatal wreck|
|Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor|
Oct. 11, 2006 - A high speed chase which began in Sulphur Springs early this morning ended a short while later in a fatal wreck in Bowie County, where the Interstate 30 was still shut down around noon while Texas Department of Public Safety officers continued their accident investigation.
No names or further details of the wreck had been released as of press time Wednesday.
The pursuit began in Sulphur Springs around 4:30 this morning on the interstate� when Sulphur Springs Police Officer Chris Rosamond observed a Ford Explorer speed past him as he was clearing from another traffic stop. Using radar, Rosamond clocked the eastbound sport utility vehicle, registered to a Tyler address, at 105 miles per hour. Rosamond pulled back onto the road and caught up to the vehicle, activating his lights and siren in an attempt to stop the auto, according to SSPD Capt. Norman Colyer. The driver did not yield, and in fact gave no indications he was even aware the patrol car behind him.
Rosamond advised he was pursuing the vehicle and officer Jason Ames, who was patrolling nearby, joined in the chase and followed the SUV to the Franklin County line, according to Colyer. At some point Hopkins County Sheriff's Deputy Paul Fenimore also entered the chase, according to sheriff's reports.
Upon entering Franklin County, officers in that county became involved in the pursuit, which continued at a relatively steady pace between 101 and 103 miles per hour. At that point, police Lt. Antwone Young notified Ames to stand down and return to regular patrols in Sulphur Springs.
Rosamond and Fenimore continued the pursuit from Franklin tinued the pursuit from Franklin into Titus County where Lt. Young told Rosamond to "stand down and back out" of the pursuit.
The pursuit continued into Morris County, where Fenimore also dropped out and returned to Hopkins County. However, officers from the other counties continued pursuing the rapidly moving vehicle, which kept traveling steadily eastward at speeds just over 100 miles per hour.
As the pursuit began approaching Bowie County, officers there began readying to stop the SUV. As the Explorer neared the 189 mile marker the vehicle crashed, killing at least one person.
Highway Patrol troopers in Bowie County were still at the crash scene just before noon Wednesday. The identity of the deceased, according to Bowie County DPS communications operators was not being released.�
Local authorities have no idea why the driver of the SUV was speeding nor the reason he failed to stop for officers, causing the pursuit.