Two men were arrested in the early morning hours of Thursday in connection with fleeing law enforcement officers in a stolen vehicle.
Parker County Sheriff Russ Authier said Fort Worth Police officers initially attempted to stop a 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 High Country truck in Tarrant County near Las Vegas Trail. Fort Worth Police reported the license plate returned to a 2016 Chevrolet and had been tampered with. Once Fort Worth Police officer observed the truck’s Vehicle Identification Number was scratched off, the suspects led them in a pursuit. Fort Worth contacted Parker County dispatch just before 3 a.m., alerting deputies that the suspects had entered Parker County and were last seen near the I-20/I-30 split when the Fort Worth Police disengaged the pursuit. Parker County Sheriff’s deputies patrolled the area and located a suspicious Chevrolet Malibu parked near Interstate 20 Mile Marker 420, with its hazard lights on parked between the service road and traffic lanes. Sheriff’s deputies approached the vehicle which immediately pulled onto the exit ramp and came to a stop along the south service road.
The female driver told deputies her engine light came on and she began to “fishtail,” which is why she stopped. The driver added she was on her way to pick up her boyfriend.
Sheriff’s deputies later discovered the female driver was the girlfriend of the passenger in the vehicle which fled from Fort Worth Police.
Sheriff’s deputies along with Fort Worth officers set up a perimeter in the area of Dunstan Drive and Domingo Drive and canvassed the Walsh Ranch housing development.
Both suspects were located walking in the 16000-Block of Old Weatherford Road. The driver suspect was arrested in a wooded area on the north side of the road and was identified as Jason Matthew Santiago, 43, of Midland. The passenger suspect was arrested on the south side of the road and was identified as Jaime Alvar Cavajal, 43, of Dallas.
Fort Worth Police took custody of both suspects who were booked into the Tarrant County Jail.
The vehicle which was reported stolen out of North Fort Worth several months ago, was located in a barrow ditch at Farmers Road and Interstate 20.
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