Police chase suspect in RV with kids; vehicle catches fire

Police chase suspect in RV with kids; vehicle catches fire
Posted at 8:02 AM, May 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-25 04:45:05-04

ARLINGTON, TX (KTVT/CNN) – A police chase in Arlington, TX, ended with a recreational vehicle in flames and the death of the driver, who was accused of shooting his wife.

The suspect fled from police early Thursday morning in an RV with his wife and two young children inside.

Early on in the pursuit, the woman was able to get out of the vehicle. According to Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks, she had been shot two or three times.

The two young children, both boys, were inside the RV for much of the chase.

Police ultimately used spike strips to flatten the RV’s tires. The pursuit continued slowly through a number of cities.

The chase ended when the RV burst into flames with the suspect and his kids still inside.

It is believed that once the tires wore down to the rims, sparks that flew up from the metal hitting the roadway were enough to ignite the vehicle.

The children were rescued from the RV and did not appear to be seriously injured.

Officials later found the driver dead inside the vehicle.

The investigation is ongoing.

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