Early morning chase takes APD all over West Amarillo
Amarillo, TX - An Amarillo police officer pulled over a Ford Ranger at about 2:15 Tuesday morning. The driver of the pick up pulled over for the officer in the 4200 block of South Western Street, but when the officer approached the pick up, the driver took off at a high rate of speed.
Another officer started to follow the pick up going North on Western. Jerry Neufeld with the Amarillo Police Department says the officers were going around 70 miles an hour. Police called off the chase quickly because of how fast the driver was going, but sent out a vehicle description. Within minutes of putting out a vehicle description, an officer on patrol saw the pick up near Northwest 5th and Prospect. He tried to pull over the vehicle, but the driver and the passenger took off running.
The passenger, 20-year-old Austin Day was caught and taken into custody. He was arrested on an outstanding warrant and was booked into the Randall County Jail.
Police searched alleys and backyards for the driver, but he had circled back to his car and drove off. Officers again chased the suspect for a short time, but again called it off. "We routinely cancel chases because it's not worth the risk to the public," said Neufeld.
Police finally caught up with the driver off of Southwest 10th. The driver tried to make a turn off of Southwest 10th onto Travis Street, but hit the side of a building. According to Police, he got out of his car and started running. He turned toward the officer as if he was going to hit the officer. The driver was tased and taken into custody.
The driver is identified as 39-year-old Jimmy Guinn. Guinn was booked into the Potter County Correction Center on multiple charges of Evading Arrest and a local warrant.