High Speed Chase Spans Three Counties - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/3/04

High Speed Chase Spans Three Counties

After 1am Friday morning Dylan Duke engaged Lubbock Police in a high speed chase that started in Lubbock. Duke left city limits headed for Levelland, then led authorities north on Highway 385 toward Littlefield. From there Duke headed east on Highway 84 and the law followed him all the way back to Shallowater where the chase came to an end, but not before crashing into two officers.

Don Tyler, Night Sergeant with the Hockley County Sheriff's Department says, "The last time I looked at my speedometer, I was running 130. They said he was running 105." That's when Tyler saw Duke's SUV jerk in his direction. He recalls, "He pulled over into my lane and slammed onto his breaks. I just couldn't stop. I hit him from behind."

Airbags deployed and cruiser smoking, Sergeant Tyler tried to continue his pursuit but it was too dangerous. He pulled over without a scratch. When asked what he was thinking during the collision, Tyler simply says, "Darn." with a laugh.

22 years worth of high speed chases with the Hockley County Sheriff's Department and Tyler has never had a wreck, but this one was worth it. He was trying to save the lives of others. Tyler says, "I was trying to end the pursuit. We had chased him long enough.. He... ran into a patrol car in Lubbock. He's facing capital murder charges on that. It was time to terminate the pursuit."

With the help of nine other law enforcement agencies the chase did come to and end. TABC agents finally threw spikes down in Shallowater. That slowed Dylan Duke down and Levelland P.D. officer, Scott Prothro, positioned himself for the final crash of the night. Duke collided with him and the chase was over. Tyler says, "We all work together. If anyone needs anything we try to be there. If an officer needs help, we burn it down to get there."

Dylan Duke is being held on $500,000 bond in the Hockley County Jail. He faces charges of attempted capital murder, and evading arrest. At last check, authorities did not know exactly what prompted Duke to run from police, but it started with a call to the Lubbock Police Department. A driver reported they were being chased by someone who was honking and flashing their lights. That's when LPD responded and the chase began.

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