FORT WORTH — A 38-year-old motorcyclist fleeing from police crashed and died Thursday afternoon, police said.
According to Officer Clifton Miller, a police spokesman, the department’s fugitive unit saw a “fugitive of justice” riding a 2006 Harley-Davidson with a female passenger.
Police said the man had five outstanding felony warrants.
“The officers, in marked police cars and uniforms, approached the fugitive and attempted to detain him, but he was able to elude the officers, failing to yield to their activated red and blue emergency lights,” Miller said.
The motorcyclist led officers, including the North Division’s Zero Tolerance Unit, on a brief chase that began shortly after 3:30 p.m. in Fort Worth, went into Saginaw and looped back to Fort Worth. He was westbound in the 800 block of Longhorn Road when he hit a median riser, lost control, went airborne and flew into oncoming traffic.
The man, who was not wearing a helmet, was pronounced dead at the scene.
He was identified by the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office as Charles Grissom of Fort Worth.
Police said the passenger either fell or jumped off along the way and was taken to an area hospital where she was treated for minor injuries.
No one else was hurt and no other cars were damaged. There was damage to some private fencing.
-- Marty Sabota