Monthly Archives: February 2023

Driver killed in rollover crash south of Azle

The Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fatality accident that occurred this evening around 5:28pm.

Multiple emergency responders were called to the scene of a single-vehicle crash near the 7700 block of Nine Mile Bridge Road and the intersection of Landers Lane.

First-arriving deputies reported a vehicle rollover with the driver still trapped inside. The driver was extricated from the vehicle, but pronounced deceased at the scene. A female passenger was able to exit the vehicle on her own. Her condition has not been released.

The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office will rule on cause of death.

Driver killed in Balch Springs crash

The Balch Springs Police Department says one person died in a crash Saturday morning along Interstate 20.

At 8:53am, Balch Springs PD and FD along with CareFlite ground EMS responded to a crash on eastbound I20 in the area of Seagoville Road.

Investigators say a vehicle was disabled in the middle lane of the highway when an 18-wheeler struck the driver, who was outside of the vehicle, and rear-ended the disabled vehicle. Paramedics transported the pedestrian to a local hospital but they were later pronounced deceased.

All lanes of eastbound I20 were closed while police worked the scene.

Tarrant County Sheriff’s officer killed in Arlington crash

On Friday, February 24, 2023, at approximately 7:09 a.m., Arlington Police Department, Arlington Fire Department, and Arlington EMS responded to the southbound lanes of Highway 287 near Little Road to investigate a single-vehicle rollover.
According to witnesses, a vehicle was traveling in the left lane when it suddenly veered across the other southbound lanes, went off the roadway, and struck a metal sign, causing the vehicle to roll.
The driver of the vehicle, a 34-year-old man, was trapped inside the vehicle and had to be extricated by Arlington firefighters. He was transported to an area hospital where he was later pronounced deceased from his injuries. During the course of the investigation, it was determined he was a Detention Officer with the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office.
There was no one else inside the vehicle and no other vehicles were involved.
Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office has identified the victim as Jail Corporal Aaron Iseman. Authorities say he was driving home from work when the collision occurred. He had been with the TCSO since 2018. 

Operator of three-wheel motorcycle dies in Arlington crash

On Wednesday, February 22, 2023, at approximately 9:54 p.m., the Arlington Police Department, Arlington Fire Department, and Arlington EMS responded to the 500 block of E. Debbie Lane for a single-vehicle wreck involving a three-wheel motorcycle.
When officers arrived on scene, they located a 30-year-old man lying unresponsive in the roadway. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Investigators believe the man lost control of his motorcycle as he was traveling eastbound along Debbie Lane, went off the roadway, and was thrown from the trike.
He was not wearing a helmet at the time. Excessive speed is believed to be a factor in the crash.
Based on physical evidence at the scene, investigators also believe he was doing donuts in a nearby intersection prior to the crash.

Parker County man arrested for impersonating officer to “make people drive better”

Parker County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a man Saturday evening for impersonating an officer.

Parker County Sheriff Russ Authier said the Sheriff’s Telecommunications Center received a be-on-the-look-out (BOLO), around 9 p.m., Feb. 18, referencing a suspicious blue Dodge pickup with front-facing blue and red emergency lights mounted on the truck’s dashboard, attempting to pull a vehicle over in the 1500-Block of Newsom Mound Road. 
The victim reported he was apprehensive about an unmarked dually truck which was following his vehicle closely in an unsafe manner. He further reported the driver of the truck was flashing emergency lights from inside the truck, while attempting to cut him off of the roadway and block his vehicle from leaving the area.

Sheriff’s deputies arrived on scene and identified the suspect as Luciano Amador Velazquez, 42, of Parker County. 
Velazquez told deputies he activated his lights when he did not agree with the victim’s driving, and used the lights in previous incidents with other drivers to “make people drive better.”

Velazquez was arrested and booked into the Parker County Jail for impersonation of a public servant.  
Sheriff Authier said impersonating a peace officer is a felony offense.

“The victim in this case did the right thing by immediately reporting the incident to law enforcement,” said Sheriff Authier.

Dead body discovered in Pleasant Grove creek

The Dallas Police Department says a person discovered a dead body in the Pleasant Grove area this afternoon.

Officers responded to the area of 1500 N. Prairie Creek Road near Cherrybrook Drive after a 9-1-1 caller reported seeing a body in a creek bed along the road.

The body was recovered by the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office for further investigation.

Homicide detectives also responded for an investigation.

Man fatally struck by vehicle in Fort Worth

The Fort Worth Police Department is investigating a fatality accident that occurred Tuesday night at I35W and E. Berry Street.

At 9:37pm, Fort Worth FD, PD, and MedStar EMS responded to a pedestrian struck on the northbound I35W service road near E. Berry Street.

Investigators say a man was walking in the roadway when he was struck by a passenger vehicle. The driver of the vehicle attempted to avoid hitting him, but collided with another vehicle and hit the pedestrian.

Paramedics transported a man to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. He was pronounced deceased at the hospital Emergency Room. The Medical Examiner has identified him as a 65-year-old resident of Fort Worth.

The drivers of both vehicles remained at the scene and cooperated with the investigation. No criminal charges are expected.

Grapevine police arrest intersection takeoff “ringleader”, charge him with felony

The Grapevine Police Department has identified the ringleader in a group of drivers who recklessly endangered the public in an intersection takeover on New Year’s Eve. 
22-year-old Juan Carlos Rodriguez is charged with Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity, a state jail felony. A warrant for his arrest was issued on February 9, 2023. Rodriguez was arrested by Sweetwater Police on Tuesday, February 21, 2023. 
Just after 11pm on Saturday, December 31, 2022 Grapevine dispatchers received 9-1-1 calls about vehicles revving engines, squealing tires and driving dangerously in the intersection of Main Street and Dallas Road. Officers responded immediately to the area and tried to pursue involved parties. Due to the large crowd and several pedestrians in the roadway, the suspects got away. 
Officers were able to collect vehicle and license plate information, and videos from the crime were later posted on social media. Detectives launched an investigation through this evidence, and with assistance from Dallas Police, were able to identify Rodriguez as the organizer. 
The Grapevine Police Department thanks Sweetwater Police and Dallas Police for their assistance in the identification and apprehension of Juan Rodriguez. He is jailed in Nolan County and faces 180 days to two years in jail and up to $10,000 in fines if convicted. 
The dangerous driving investigation remains open as detectives work to identify more of the involved parties. Anyone who has information on suspects, or additional photos and videos, can submit them to:

I20 reopened in Parker County after crash, hazmat spill

The Texas Department of Public Safety has reopened lanes of Interstate 20 in Parker County after an extended closure due to a crash and hazardous materials spill.

At around 3:30pm this afternoon, multiple agencies responded to the eastbound lanes of Interstate 20 near Ranger Highway.

DPS says traffic was slowing in the area when the driver of a box truck failed to control their speed and collided with an 18-wheeler. The driver of the box truck was seriously hurt and transported to a local hospital for treatment.

An oil and fuel spill required the highway to be closed for approximately four hours while HazMat crews cleaned up the scene.

The lanes have been reopened at this time.

Grapevine police investigating possible attempted abduction near elementary school

Grapevine Police are investigating a safety concern reported to officers involving a student at Dove Elementary. 

A child was walking home from school on the afternoon of Tuesday, February 14, 2023, when the child says a man drove up next to him and yelled for the boy to get in his car. The boy was able to run away and make it home safely. 

The boy was able to describe the man’s vehicle as a black Jeep or SUV with an empty (spare tire) tire rack on the back. Officers searched the area but did not locate the vehicle. Anyone who sees a vehicle near Dove Elementary matching this description is asked to call Grapevine Police immediately. 

Grapevine Police are working with school officials and will be increasing uniformed patrols before and after school, so the public may notice a heightened police presence around campuses. Parents are also encouraged to talk with students about safety and stranger danger. 

• Do not hesitate to run away from a situation where you feel unsafe 

• Stay aware of your surroundings 

• If you think a car is following you, run away 

• Always tell a trusted adult what happened 

• Make a list of safe places you can run to along your route home

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