Pursuits lead to DUI arrests

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, February 9, 2005

Selma Police were involved in two separate vehicle pursuits Monday night that ended in driving under the influence arrests.

The first incident took place around 9:30 p.m. when police arrested Derrick Thomas after he led them on a chase down First Avenue, according to police reports.

Lt. David Evans, public information officer, said the pursuit came to an end after Thomas ran his vehicle into a ditch on Maxey Street.

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Thomas’ vehicle, a 1993 Oldsmobile Cutlass, also caught fire shortly after the accident.

He was transported to the Vaughan Emergency Room for treatment of minor injuries and later released, police reported show.

Thomas was charged with a D.U.I. and sent to the Dallas County Jail on a $500 bond.

Police reports indicated the suspect also had warrants for driving while suspended and contempt of court.

The second police chase of the night occurred around 1:30 a.m. when a 19-year-old suspect tried to elude officers while driving through Selma’s historic district.

Evans said the pursuit eventually came to an end at the intersection of McCloud of Mabry Street when the suspect crashed his Ford Explorer into a brick wall.

Police arrested Walter Rice on charges of attempting to elude, D.U.I., and reckless driving, according to police reports.

He was taken to the Dallas County Jail on a $500 bond.

Police also arrested a third person on a D.U.I charge at around 9:15 Monday night at the corner of Broad Street and Water Avenue.