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Driver shoots himself after high-speed chase

By: Jamel Valencia
EL PASO COUNTY, Texas -- A high-speed chase across two Texas counties ended when the driver took his life.

The high-speed pursuit began in Hudspeth County when a Texas DPS trooper around 9:27 p.m. Thursday noticed a broken headlight on a pickup truck, said DPS Sgt. Santos Carrasco at the scene.

The driver, who has not been identified, sped off, beginning a pursuit with the trooper to pull him over.

At times the driver reached speeds up to 100 mph on Interstate 10, said Carrasco.

The chase lasted about 24 minutes and covered a 24-mile stretch of I-10.

By the time the driver was near the Horizon City exit in El Paso County, Carrasco said, El Paso County sheriff's deputies got to the scene to help troopers stop the driver.

Deputies threw out spike strips hoping to blow out the truck's tires. It did. Two tires were blown out, but that did not stop the man, who continued to drive on the pickup truck's rims and managed to drive the wrong way on the roadway.

Carrasco said the driver crossed a median on Gateway East and drove westbound.

Soon after, the man drove into a motel parking lot and crashed into a fence and rock wall, said Carrasco.

The driver, determined to get away, drove off again from the authorities, said Carrasco.

A sheriff's deputy found the man's car at a nearby commercial trucking company's parking lot with the driver dead inside the truck.

Carrasco said the man apparently shot himself with a gun that was found inside the truck.

At this time authorities don't know why the man took off, nor do they know his identity.

The investigation is ongoing.



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