Man leads WFPD on 26-mile chase, arrested for sexual assault

Man leads WFPD on 26-mile chase, arrested for sexual assault

WICHITA FALLS, Texas (TNN) - Wichita Falls police arrested one man Monday after he fled the scene of a crime and led officers on a 26-mile chase, according to a WFPD Now post.

WFPD reports officers were initially called to a residence just before 8 p.m. in reference to a sexual assault. Upon arrival, officers were notified the suspect, Paul Russell, had fled the scene in a 1991 White Chevrolet Camaro with a black hood.

An officer saw a car that matched the description traveling in the 4100 block of Southwest Parkway and got behind it. He waited for another officer to arrive to attempt the traffic stop.

Russell refused to pull over as the officer activated his lights and siren. Officers continues to pursue him.

The pursuit took officers to the Highway 79 exit from Southwest Parkway, the on-ramp back onto Henry S. Grace Freeway and then they got onto Highway 287 as if they were going to Ft. Worth. This brought them out to Clay County. Then, they came back into Wichita County.

The speed of the pursuit never exceeded 70 miles per hour and Russell drove on the wrong side of traffic at least one time.

The chase ended at the Home Zone Furniture parking lot on Fairway Blvd. after a WC Sheriff’s Office unit performed a pit maneuver to stop Russell.

WF police say the chase lasted 33 minutes, covered 26 miles and involved the WFPD, Wichita County Sheriff’s Office, Clay County Sheriff’s Officer and Texas DPS State Troopers.

He was taken into custody without further incident and a handgun was found in his car.

Russell is being charged with the following:

  • Sexual Assault
  • Evading Arrest
  • Unlawful Carrying of a Weapon

His total bond has been set at $60,500 and he remains in the Wichita County Jail.

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