In the early morning hours of January 30, 2024, a Tarrant County Sheriff's Deputy conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle near Highway 1187 and Storm Cat Lane in Burleson, located in southern Tarrant County. The deputy, suspecting the driver, identified as 40-year-old Matthew Wunder, of being intoxicated, initiated contact. Wunder, however, chose to flee in his vehicle, prompting a pursuit that involved multiple law enforcement agencies.
As the pursuit unfolded, officers from various agencies attempted to use spike strips to stop the fleeing vehicle, which had reached speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour. The Mesquite Police Department joined the chase when Wunder entered Mesquite city limits, with the pursuit continuing eastbound on IH30. Mesquite Police units withdrew from the pursuit near Hwy 34, after two Rockwall PD units joined forces with the Tarrant County Sheriff's Office.
The pursuit entered Hunt County on I-30 Eastbound, where a Hunt County unit successfully deployed spike strips on the suspect's vehicle. Despite the attempt to immobilize the vehicle, Wunder continued to evade authorities.
The chase came to a conclusion in Hunt County when Wunder, navigating the area of I-30 and Moulton Street, was involved in a single-vehicle crash. The suspect's vehicle overturned, resulting in Wunder being ejected. He sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was subsequently admitted to Hunt County Regional Hospital in Greenville.
Wunder will face charges of Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) and Felony Evading Arrest following the conclusion of his medical treatment. The collaborative efforts of law enforcement from Tarrant County, Mesquite Police Department, Rockwall PD, Department of Public Safety (DPS), and Hunt County contributed to bringing the pursuit to a resolution.