A live television news
broadcast tracked a stolen rig during a chase through Dallas Wednesday afternoon,
according to truckers who called OOIDA headquarters. Drivers told OOIDA the
truck's load was on fire.
The truck, loaded with
lumber and construction equipment, was stolen from the parking lot of a fast-food
restaurant in East Oak Cliff about 1:20 p.m., according to The Dallas Morning
News. Two patrol officers saw the man drive the truck away with the original
driver hanging onto the side of the truck. The original driver either fell
or jumped from the truck and was not seriously injured.
The fire started after
officers shot the trailer's tires, the newspaper reported. Police said the
sparks from the metal wheels on the pavement probably lit the lumber.
Officers said they were
authorized to use deadly force to stop the man because he was driving so erratically
that he endangered other motorists in his path along Ledbetter Drive, Interstate
45, Interstate 20 and Marsalis Avenue. At one point, a loose board hit a school
bus injuring a child on the bus. The child's injury was minor and did not
require medical attention, according to newspaper reports.
The newspaper reported
that at least one officer fired a shot that struck the 40-year-old man during
the chase through parts of southern Dallas. Police said the incident ended
about 3:05 p.m. when the man stopped the truck and surrendered. The man, who
was not identified pending formal charges, was taken to Baylor University
Medical Center for treatment of the gunshot wound. He could face charges of
robbery and evading arrest, police said. He also has two outstanding warrants
for evading arrest and obstructing police.
The chase was broadcast
live by television cameras from helicopters, which provided coverage to CNN
and Fox News Channel, according to the newspaper report, which said the Federal
Aviation Administration was investigating whether the television stations
violated restrictions on flights by news helicopters by covering the chase.
--Rene Tankersley, feature editor