Man who died after chase identified
Mother says she doesn’t know how he ended up on I-30
Kerry Craig | News-Telegram Assistant Editor

Oct. 12, 2006 - State troopers in Texarkana have identified the driver of a sport utility vehicle that fled from Sulphur Springs police early Wednesday morning as 29-year-old Carey Tinkney of Tyler.

Trooper Ed Holt said Tinkney died after he swerved to avoid spike strips thrown down on Interstate 30 by Bowie County officers. Tinkney lost control of the vehicle, which overturned several times.

The pursuit began around 4:30 a.m. Wednesday when Sulphur Springs Police Officer Chris Rosamond attempted to stop a Ford Explorer he recorded on radar at more than 100 miles per hour.

Tinkney continued to speed across Hopkins County with city police and a Hopkins County Sheriff’s deputy in high speed pursuit.

Officers in Franklin County became involved when Tinkney crossed the county line. The chase continued at a relatively steady pace of between 101 and 103 miles per hour.

Local officers  dropped out of the pursuit when it reached Bowie County, where authorities there were waiting at the county line for the speeding SUV and ready to deploy spike strips in an attempt to finally stop the car.

Trooper Holt said Tinkney did not have a driver's license and that the vehicle he was driving belonged to his mother. The mother said Tinkney was living with her and did not have permission to take her car. She also said she had no idea why he would be on Interstate 30. The trooper also said investigators did not find drugs or alcohol in the wrecked vehicle.

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