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7/15/05

Driver Helps Lubbock Authorities Catch Hit & Run Suspect

Authorities were forced to end a chase by ramming the car with one of their own patrol cars north of Lubbock Friday morning.

The incident started when Robert Hernandez hit another car in Lubbock, driven by Cotton Kings coach Chris Dashney. Hernandez then drove off, so Dashney called police and started following Hernandez. That's when Lubbock Sheriff's Deputies, Abernathy and New Deal authorities got involved.

The DPS helicopter helped track the chase through county roads, fields and both North and South bound sides of I-27. It ended when an officer hit the car with his own on I-27 near New Deal.

"That's our number one priority, is to make sure the public is safe and the suspect showed disregard by the accident he had in town," said Lt. Cody Scott with the Lubbock County Sheriff's Office.

45-year-old Robert Hernandez is now charged with evading arrest. The sheriff's office tells us they had to chase him a few weeks ago in the Ransom Canyon area as well.

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