Weatherford Democrat

March 3, 2013

Driver runs out of gas to end high-speed police chase


Weatherford Democrat

— By CHRISTIN COYNE



A man who authorities say led Parker County deputies on a high-speed pursuit across the Metroplex early Friday morning was apprehended after the car he was driving ran out of gas.

Speeds reached more than 100 mph at times during the pursuit that wound from northeast Parker County to south Fort Worth on residential streets and highways before ending on Seminary Drive, according to information relayed to dispatchers.

Deputies attempted to stop a silver Chevrolet Cavalier near the intersection of Farm-to-Market Road 730 and South Stewart Street shortly before 1 a.m. Friday for driving without headlights, according to the sheriff’s office.

However, the driver did not yield and traveled south on Silver Creek Road and Cattlebaron Drive and then east on White Settlement Road, according to information provided by the sheriff’s office.

Officers reportedly pursued the vehicle on Loop 820 to West Interstate 35, where the vehicle went southbound before making a U-turn and traveling north to Seminary Drive.

The vehicle reportedly ran out of gas in the 400 block of East Seminary Drive, and officers took the driver, identified as 32-year-old Boyd Newman Matthews, into custody, Deputy Danie Huffman said.

The Texas Department of Public Safety and Fort Worth Police assisted during the pursuit, according to Huffman.

The car belonged to a female passenger, who was released at the scene, the sheriff’s office reported.

When asked by a Fort Worth police officer why he ran, Matthews reportedly answered that he was scared, Huffman said.

Matthews, who had six outstanding warrants, including three charges of aggravated assault of a family member with a deadly weapon involving an alleged assault the previous week, was transported to the Parker County Jail where he remained Friday afternoon.

Last week, deputies took a report from a woman who had been in a previous relationship with Matthews and said she noticed Matthews following her at a close distance Feb. 22 as she was driving home.

As she was southbound on Sweetwater Springs, he slammed his car into the back of her vehicle, causing her to drive off the roadway and into a road sign, according to the offense report.

Two children under the age of 12 were reported to be in the vehicle at the time, Huffman said.

He then broke the side door handle by attempting to open it after she locked the vehicle door, according to the sheriff’s office. He also reportedly attempted to break her window but was not successful.

After she arrived home, she reportedly called deputies, who observed extensive damage to her right front fender and a missing car door handle.

Warrants were later issued for his arrest in the case.