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A Balch Springs man fled from officers for more than an hour on Nov. 27 before finally being stopped. Then police discovered he was wanted for murder.

An Alvarado officer in a fully marked police vehicle clocked the suspect’s vehicle at 66 mph in a 45 mph zone in the 300 block of U.S. 67, according to the affidavit.

The officer activated his lights and gave chase. The driver of the speeding Nissan activated his right turn signal as if the pull over but then pulled back into the left lane of traffic and continued traveling westbound. 

Upon approaching traffic stopped for a red light at the intersection of Interstate 35W, the driver drove to the right of the stopped traffic, struck a concrete median, ran a red light and continued westbound on U.S. 67, according to reports.

The driver led police through multiple cities throughout the county before finally being stopped. 

Police arrested the driver, Sylvester Smith, 31, on a charge of evading arrest with a vehicle.

Police subsequently learned that Smith is wanted on a second-degree murder warrant out of Louisiana. 

McBroom set Smith’s bond at $3,000 on the evading arrest charge. Bond had already been set on his murder warrant at $100,000.

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