UPDATE: Driver in custody after stealing car, hitting woman in Arlington; leads police on hour+ long chase

Just before 10:30PM last night, an Arlington police officer witnessed a woman get struck by a vehicle in the QT parking lot at N. Collins Street and Division Street.

The woman stated she left her car running while she went into the convenience store. When she came out, a man was sitting in her car. As she approached him, he sped off and hit her as he fled.

The officer gave chase, while another officer assisted the woman. She was not seriously injured.

The suspect drove down Interstate 30 into downtown Dallas and south on Interstate 35E. Arlington PD discontinued the chase after about 50 minutes, but sheriffs deputies and DPS remained in the pursuit.

The pursuit continued through Waco, as many law enforcement agencies joined in to help stop the driver. At least one officer deployed a successful spike strip along I35 south of Waco.

As officers were pursuing, the suspect wrecked out along I35 near Hewitt. Officers quickly took the man into custody without incident. All lanes of the highway were temporarily closed.

DPS Dallas, DPS Ellis County, Dallas PD Air-1, DPS McLennan County, Hillsboro PD, West PD, and McLennan County Sheriff’s Office all assisted.

The driver will be charged with Robbery and Evading. There may be additional charges from other agencies as well.