WACO, TX — A police chase that began in Arlington Sunday came to an end south of Waco after the suspect rammed into a DPS patrol unit car.
48-year-old Aaron Maurice Spencer has been charged with felony aggravated assault against a public servant and evading arrest with a motor vehicle.
Arlington Police also plan to charge Spencer with aggravated robbery and evading.
Arlington Police say one of their officers was patrolling around 10:20 pm Sunday in the 300 block of North Collins St and saw a woman get struck by a vehicle in the parking lot of the QT station.
The officer attempted to get the vehicle to stop, but the driver sped off.
Another officer in the area was able to go assist the woman, who was not seriously hurt, while the first officer began following the vehicle, Arlington PD said.
According to the woman and several witnesses, she had gone into the convenience store to make a purchase and left her car running.
She said she had her key fob with her, but did not shut down the car. She told officers that she thought she had locked it.
As the woman was walking out, she saw an unknown male sitting in her driver’s seat.
She then ran to her vehicle to get the driver to stop, which is when he struck her with the car and drove off.
The woman was treated and released on the scene by EMS personnel.
Other officers then began following the vehicle and a pursuit was officially initiated.
Officers followed the vehicle eastbound on I-30 into Dallas until the driver headed southbound on I-35E.
Arlington officers pursued the vehicle for about 50 minutes before they pulled out near Waxahachie.
At that point, DPS Troopers took over the pursuit.
DPS says they then performed a vehicle disabling tactic known as a "PIT manuever" on IH 35 southbound near mile marker 330, south of Waco.
After the successful PIT maneuver, the suspect rammed the DPS patrol unit causing the DPS unit to strike the concrete barrier.
DPS has charged the suspect with felony aggravated assault against a public servant and evading arrest with a motor vehicle.
Spencer was booked into the McLennan County Jail on a $285,000 bond.