Police were led on a wild car chase Monday afternoon, which came to an end in the intersection of North Plano Road and West Buckingham Road, directly along the dividing line between Garland and Richardson. That is where the car that was being chased, a grey Nissan Maxima, collided with a red Chevy pickup truck.
The incident started around 1:00 p.m. Monday afternoon in Mesquite and lasted over an hour. The driver of the Nissan led police on a high-speed chase that went through several cities and on several major highways. The driver reached 90 mph at times, went off the road occasionally and even ran over a road sign, sending it flying over the hood of his car. He ended up on I-635, exited Walnut Hill Lane and started north on North Plano Road.
After encountering some stopped cars at a red light, the Nissan made its way into the intersection. That is where the red pickup truck, coming through the intersection, hit the suspect's vehicle. The impact sent the Nissan about 50 yards up West Buckingham Road.
Lance Anderson was driving the red Chevy pickup truck. He is now fine, except for some minor cuts and bruises. After the crash, he spoke with CBS 11 News. "I'm driving down the road and the guy goes in front of me," said Anderson. "Saw the constable. Next thing I knew, he jumped in front of me."
The suspect, identified as 29-year-old Shane William Michel, was transported to Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas and seemed to be conscious in the ambulance. Hospital spokeswoman Maria Carpenter later said that Michel is listed in critical condition.
The constable said that Michel was wanted out of Garland on a felony warrant for forgery. Dallas County constable assistant dispatcher Curtis Hettich said that the chase started as a routine traffic stop.
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