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Police chase ends with man arrested after crashing vehicle into bar in Denton

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Kyle Martin, Staff Writer

This story was updated at 12:26 p.m. Friday. 


Lake Dallas police identified Bradford James Loomis Jr. as the lone suspect arrested in Thursday night's car crash at a local bar on West Hickory Street following a high-speed chase that started in Lake Dallas, according to a press release. 

Bradford James Loomis Jr.
Bradford James Loomis Jr.

Lake Dallas police reportedly attempted to stop Loomis at about 8:30 p.m. at Lake Vista Drive and the 600 block of North Shady Shores Drive in Lake Dallas, the release said. Loomis, a resident of Lake Dallas, was driving a 1990 green Toyota Celica and failed to stop, at which point began a pursuit.

Officers chased Loomis through the towns of Lake Dallas, Shady Shores and Corinth before heading north on Interstate 35E into Denton, where eventually he crashed his vehicle into the patio area of Riprocks Bar and Grill and was arrested on the University of North Texas campus. 

Loomis was charged with evading arrest with a vehicle, evading arrest on foot and driving with a suspended license with a previous conviction or suspension. No injuries were reported. He was booked Friday into the Denton County Jail, where he is being held on all three charges. His bail has been set for $500 on each charge.

Lake Dallas police spokeswoman Lt. Vikki Chandler said that the vehicle was originally stopped by Lake Dallas police officers for a traffic violation. She could not confirm whether or not the suspect had been arrested in the UNT Physics building, as Denton police had earlier reported. She said Loomis was arrested in "a building next to the Language building." 

“It’s not stolen, it doesn’t belong to the suspect, and that’s really all we know,” said Chandler, referring to the vehicle the suspect was driving. "I don't know why Mr. Loomis was in this car, but it's not reported stolen."

She said officers found a wallet not belonging to Loomis in the car, and they believe the car belongs to that person, but did not know for sure.  The vehicle had license plates registered in Colorado and that it had been in the Lake Dallas area for "a while," and had been a part of traffic stops previously. 

Chandler said she has not yet talked to the arresting officers and will release more information "after the administrative review is completed," she said.

"Our chief will be instructing the board to assemble and start it."


This story was updated at 10:57 a.m. on Friday. 


A single-car crash Thursday night at a local bar started with a vehicle pursuit from the Lake Dallas area and ended with an arrest following a foot pursuit. The suspect was arrested inside a building on the University of North Texas campus, according to Denton police.

Denton police officers were first notified of the vehicle pursuit at 8:39 p.m. when the male suspect led officers from Interstate 35E to Dallas Drive, Denton police spokesman Officer Bryan Cose said.

Within 10 minutes, the vehicle pursuit “wound through Denton,” going through the Downtown Square, with the suspect “occasionally going the wrong way on one-way streets,” Cose said.

A male suspect, who has yet to be identified, was arrested by officers from both the Denton and UNT police departments after leaving his car on foot and leading officers into the UNT physics building, Cose said. He was taken into custody by Lake Dallas police, who are handling the investigation.

The suspect crashed his vehicle into the patio area of Riprocks Bar and Grill in the 1200 block of West Hickory Street at 8:48 p.m., according to police. The suspect then jumped out of the vehicle and took off on foot, leading police to the building where he was arrested at 8:57 p.m.

The foot pursuit was “relatively quick” and “short-lived,” Cose said.

“Really all we did was help find the suspect after he ran on foot and completed the crash report,” Cose added. “We had very minor involvement in it, despite the fact that it landed in our city.”

Cose said Denton police officers were dispatched to deploy spike strips during the vehicle pursuit if necessary, but no spike strips were needed.

Lake Dallas police Lt. Peter Malik said that his department was preparing a statement on Friday morning, but had not yet released it. No further information was available.

“His feet were tangled up in some sort of hose, and he tripped and fell and then pulled the hose off of his feet,” said Melody Robertson, an eyewitness to the crash and resident of Lake Dallas. “It looked like a bungee cord at first, but I know because I walked by later [and saw] that it was the hose to an air compressor because he had it in the passenger seat.”

She said she watched the pursuit take place after the suspect fled on foot and watched as three police officers chased after the man.

“I wasn’t going to be dumb and run after him, I’m in sandals,” Roberston said.


A police chase that began in the Lake Dallas area ended late Thursday night when a man was arrested after crashing his vehicle into a local bar, followed by a short foot pursuit, according to Denton police. 

"They came the wrong way, and the guy peeled around the corner and he was going
backwards," said Melody Robertson, who had just arrived to the Fry Street area near the University of North Texas campus. The driver crashed the vehicle into the patio area of Riprocks Bar and Grill in the 1200 block of West Hickory Street about 9 p.m. No injuries were reported.

Denton police spokesman Officer Bryan Cose said after the car crashed into the bar, a foot pursuit, which led partly through the UNT campus, ended in the arrest of the suspect.

"Lake Dallas [police] has the suspect in custody, with the help of Denton [police] and the UNT [police department]," Cose said.

Lake Dallas police, Denton police and Lake Dallas ISD police all were involved in the pursuit.

Cose had no details of what led to the pursuit or what charges the suspect faces.  

This story will be updated Friday morning.

FEATURED PHOTO: A car sits on the sidewalk after the driver crashed the vehicle into the patio area of Riprocks Bar and Grill in the 1200 block of West Hickory Street in Denton following a police chase that began in the Lake Dallas area. A male suspect driving the vehicle was arrested.
Contributed photo/Hannah Ridings