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March 31, 2010

Dallas man killed in high speed chase

GREENVILLE — Authorities have identified a man killed Monday during a high speed chase across North Texas.

Joseph Christopher Testa, 33, of Dallas, was alleged to have stolen a motorcycle in Dallas and to have fled from law enforcement agencies from three counties during the pursuit, which ended with a crash in Hopkins County.

Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks said his office received a call at around 10 a.m. Monday, indicating the Rockwall County Sheriff’s Office was in pursuit of a subject on a 2003 Suzuki eastbound on Interstate 30.

Meeks said sheriff’s deputies were joined by units from the Greenville Police Department and the Texas Department of Public Safety.

“We intercepted him at around the 95 mile marker on the interstate,” Meeks said.

However, Testa was able to evade the authorities by making highly risky maneuvers, Meeks said.

“At the the Highway 50 exit there were two trucks going eastbound side by side and he rode right in between the two of them,” Meeks said. “He was doing in excess of 140 miles per hour.”

The chase continued into Hopkins County.

“We called our guys off at Sulphur Springs,” Meeks said. “Then Sulphur Springs called us, saying he had turned around and was headed back westbound,” Meeks said.

Testa didn’t make it back into Hunt County, hitting a culvert at the 131 mile marker and wiping out. Testa was pronounced dead at the scene.

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