Garland shoplifting suspect leads police on high-speed chase

Allison Harris reports.

- Law enforcement says the Garland chase suspect they stopped when he ran across a freeway put a lot of people in danger.

SKY 4 captured the final moments of the chase and the taser takedown on I-30 after the driver had been going the wrong way on a highway at high-speed.

The Tuesday afternoon chases lasted about 30 minutes and topped speeds at 90-100 miles per hour as the suspect made his way through several cities.

Police say Clinton Lang ditched his truck after leading police on a chase and ran across westbound lanes of I-30, almost getting hit by oncoming traffic. While Lang was watching for more traffic, a Rockwall County Sheriff's Deputy was able to taser him and take him down before he crossed the eastbound lane.

The chase began at the Kohl's Shopping Center on the Bush Turnpike in Rockwall County. Police say Land and another man, Jimmy Wheeler, tried to shoplift from the store.

Employees called 911 after they saw Wheeler stealing from the store. When police arrived, a gray F-150 believed to be the getaway vehicle was circling the parking lot. When officers tried to pull the truck over, Lang took off.

“We are very fortunate that nobody was injured,” said Garland Police Officer Mike Hatfield.

Both Wheeler and Lang are charged with organized retail theft, a felony. Lang is also charged with evading vehicle.

Police say Wheeler stole almost got away with $2,000 worth of items from Kohl's and say it’s something he and Lang have done at least two other times at Kohl's locations in Plano and Arlington.

Lang already had felony warrants out for organized retail theft and theft.

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