By CLINT FOSTER
The Mineral Wells Police Department is on the lookout for suspects involved in an early morning chase through Mineral Wells, Tuesday.
Mineral Wells Police Chief Dean Sullivan said an officer was leaving the scene of another incident at around 4 a.m. when he noticed a suspicious, tan vehicle traveling slowly in the 100 block of NW 6th Street.
According to a case narrative, the driver failed to signal a turn onto NW 4th Avenue, leading the MWPD officer to activate his siren and lights in an attempt to initiate a traffic stop. At that point, police said the vehicle accelerated and the chase was on.
The officer chased the driver north, before turning west onto NW 7th Street and north again on NW 5th Avenue. At this point, police said the officer was notified that the suspect was likely driving a stolen vehicle reported out of Parker County.
The chase continued east on NW 25th Street before hanging a turn north up North Oak Avenue. The driver u-turned on US Highway 281 and headed south until making a turn onto SW 15th Street.
The driver proceeded to weave through a residential area on the southwest side of town, leading to officer along SW 6th Street, 9th Street, 5th Avenue, 16th Street, 12th Avenue, 10th Street, back on to 5th Avenue, to 5th Street, 4th Avenue and then onto 22nd Street.
The chase followed SW 22nd Street out of town toward Pruitt Mountain Road and onto Glidewell Road.
Police said the 22-minute pursuit ended when the driver crashed through a gate and barbed wire fence and into a hay field in the 1500 block of Glidewell Road, where the vehicle got stuck in the sand with extensive damage.
The occupants of the vehicle fled the scene, but Sullivan said MWPD have leads on the suspects' identities.