Parker County Sheriff Russ Authier said the incident began in the 500-Block of East State Highway 199 in Springtown shortly after 10 a.m. this morning when sheriff’s patrol deputies attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a sports bike without a license plate. Deputies reported the bike had been spray-painted black.
The suspect driver refused to pull over and obey the deputies’ lights and sirens, leading deputies on a high-speed pursuit into Tarrant County with a female passenger on the back of the bike.
The driver of the vehicle was described as a white male in his mid-30’s, with red hair, wearing shorts, a white T-shirt and red tennis shoes.
A female passenger was described as a white female in her early 20’s, wearing black shorts, a black T-shirt.
The suspect led deputies on-and-off freeways and service roads reaching speeds up to 90 miles-per-hour, passing vehicles on the shoulder, swerving from lane-to-lane and running red lights through intersections at speeds up to 60 miles-per hour.
At one point during the pursuit, the driver dropped off the female passenger who was detained at a gas station in the Lake Worth area. The male suspect then barricaded himself inside a home in the 5000-Block of Volder Drive in Fort Worth. Fort Worth Special Weapons and Tactical (SWAT) Team arrived at the scene to assist. Several individuals then exited the home without injury.
Parker County Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team (FAST) also arrived on scene. Fort Worth SWAT determined they would not force entry into the home due to reports from the individuals who exited the home that the suspect was unarmed.
FAST members then entered the home and located the suspect hiding under a bed. He was taken into custody and identified as Scott Eric Ford, 35, of Fort Worth. He was booked into the Parker County Jail and charged with the felony offence of evading detention. As of Thursday afternoon, his bond had not been set.
Sheriff Authier said he is pleased that the suspect was apprehended without incident and that no injuries were reported.
“We would like to thank Azle, Lake Worth and Fort Worth Police officers who assisted our agency,” said Sheriff Authier. “This case will be referred to the Parker County District Attorney’s Office.”
Press Release: Information written and provided by Deputy Danie Huffman, Public Information Officer, Parker County Sheriff’s Office
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