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Stolen motorcycle chase ends on foot

By Justin Tubbs

A Thursday night chase involving a stolen motorcycle began in the 100 block of West Ennis Avenue and ended when police caught the suspect on foot in a downtown alley.

Lt. Mike Hopson, spokesperson for the Ennis Police Department, said a patrol officer noticed the motorcycle revving its engine, accelerating then slowing down at around 11 p.m.  and attempted to pull the motorcycle over.

“The officer attempted to stop him, and he took off. Went west on Ennis Avenue then turned north on Sherman,” he said.

The chase continued onto other side streets including Tyler, Clay, Gilmer, Preston and Casa Linda, ending near Main Street and Dallas Street in downtown Ennis.

“When he was turning west onto Gilmer, he attempted to make a tight right turn and lost control. He ended up hitting a squad car with his handle bars,” Hopson said.

Hopson said the motorcycle reached speeds of 70 or 80 mph at some points during the side-street chase. Multiple police cars became involved with the chase.

The Ennis suspect, Antonio Torrez, 29, lost control of the bike and continued on foot, according to police, down the alleyway between Northeast Main Street and Dallas Street.

“He tried to jump a fence, and officers took him to the ground,” Hopson said. “He actually fell into a thorn bush. He resisted, and they placed him under arrest.”

Police discovered the bike was stolen out of Farmers Branch. Torrez was taken to the hospital with minor cuts and bruises before being taken to jail.

Torrez faces charges of unauthorized use of a vehicle and evading arrest. He was released on bail shortly after being booked into Wayne McCollum Detention Center in Waxahachie.

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