A Lake Dallas man was arrested after crashing the vehicle he was driving into a local bar Thursday night after leading police on a chase through Denton County, according to law enforcement officials.
He was arrested a few minutes later following a foot chase through the University of North Texas campus, according to a press release issued by the Lake Dallas Police Department.
Bradford James Loomis Jr., 28, was driving a green 1990 Toyota Celica about 8:30 p.m. when he failed to stop after Lake Dallas police attempted to pull him over for a traffic violation near the intersection of Lake Vista Drive and North Shady Shores Drive, said Lake Dallas police spokeswoman Lt. Vikki Chandler.
Loomis drove through the cities of Lake Dallas, Shady Shores and Corinth before heading northbound on Interstate 35E into the city of Denton, where he occasionally went the wrong way on one-way streets, according to Denton police Officer Bryan Cose.
Loomis was arrested on two counts of evading arrest and one count of driving with a suspended license with a previous conviction or suspension. No one was injured, police said. It is unclear who the owner of the vehicle is, but it does not belong to Loomis, Chandler said.
"I don't know why Mr. Loomis was in this car, but it's not reported stolen," said Chandler, adding that the car had a Colorado license plate. Chandler also said the vehicle had been in the Lake Dallas area for a while and had been involved in previous traffic violations.
A wallet not belonging to Loomis was found in the vehicle, and police believe it could belong to the car's owner.
The chase ended with Loomis crashing the car into the patio area of Riprocks Bar and Grill in the 1200 block of West Hickory Street. After the crash, Loomis fled his vehicle and led police on a foot pursuit through the UNT campus, ultimately ending in his arrest in a campus building “next to the Language building,” Chandler said.
Melody Robertson, a Lake Dallas resident and an eyewitness to the crash, said she watched police officers chase Loomis after he crashed the vehicle, exited the car, tripped on a hose from what she identified as part of an "air compressor," and ran away from the scene of the crash.
Denton, UNT and Hickory Creek police departments assisted in the search for the suspect, along with the Texas Department of Public Safety, according to the release.
“And this is not even a top 10 crazy night at Riprocks,” said Adam Reyna of Denton in a tweet on Friday.
Loomis had prior convictions in Denton County dating to 2009, including criminal trespassing, theft, evading arrest, unauthorized use of a vehicle and burglary of habitation, according to Denton County jail records.
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FEATURE PHOTO: A car sits on the sidewalk Thursday night, following a police chase that began in the Lake Dallas area, 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. Bradford James Loomis Jr., 28, of Lake Dallas was arrested on two counts of evading arrest and one count of driving while his license was suspended with prior convictions or suspensions.
Contributed photo/Hannah Ridings