In the early hours of August 24, 2023, a high-speed pursuit involving stolen vehicles came to a tragic end with a fatal crash on the President George Bush Turnpike in Garland, Texas, reports the Greenville Chronicle.
The pursuit began shortly past midnight when a Rockwall County Deputy spotted three vehicles parked on the North Service Road of Interstate 30 near T.L. Townsend in Rockwall. The vehicles, identified as a black Dodge Charger, a black Silverado, and a black Chevrolet Camaro, had their headlights turned off, raising suspicions.
Recognizing the unusual nature of the situation, the Deputy quickly called for backup and attempted to make contact with the occupants of the vehicles. However, the occupants of the three vehicles suddenly fled in different directions, ignoring law enforcement's attempts to establish communication. The Deputy initiated a pursuit by activating his emergency lights.
The pursuit centered on the black Dodge Charger, which rapidly accelerated as it headed north on State Highway 205. The Deputy persisted in the pursuit through various communities including Wylie and Sachse. The chase eventually took a devastating turn as the stolen Charger tried to access the President George Bush Turnpike in Garland.
The driver of the stolen Charger lost control while entering the turnpike, resulting in a collision with a concrete barrier. Both the male and female occupants of the Charger died on impact. The Garland Police Department was called to the scene to manage the aftermath of the accident.
As the investigation unfolded, it was revealed that two of the three vehicles involved had been reported stolen. The black Dodge Charger, which played a central role in the pursuit and subsequent crash, had been reported stolen from Lewisville, Texas. On the other hand, the black Silverado, reported stolen from Rockwall, Texas, was successfully recovered by the Garland Police Department. The third vehicle, a black Chevrolet Camaro, was displaying a license plate that didn't match its description and remains missing.