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Archer Co. Chase Ends with Suspect's Car Catching Fire

Two people are in custody in Archer County tonight after reports of burglaries, a high speed chase, shots fired, a crash and then a fire.
     The high speed chase and excitement in Archer County started around noon when an Archer County woman who went home on her lunch break surprised a burglar inside her house off Highway 79.
    While in route to that call, deputies received another call that another burglar was trying to break in another nearby home.
    Sgt. Simon Dwyer with the Archer County Sheriff's Officer says, "A second call came in within several hundred yards of the first call stating there was someone there stating there was someone trying to get in the house there.  There was a homeowner in there and she was very frightened and that a similar vehicle was involved."
    Authorities say the pair of burglars had apparently split to do two simultaneous break-ins.
    They found the burglar at the first home inside the garage, and arrested him.
    But when the officers on the second call arrived on the scene, that burglar took off down Highway 79 in a silver vehicle, and the chase began exceeding 120 miles an hour at times.
    "It was apparent he was making to regard for other people's lives by overtaking vehicles at that speed, on hills, and almost getting into head-on collisions with other vehicles," Sgt. Dwyer says.
    He says he continued to pursue the vehicle, and at one point he says his vehicle was sideswiped by the fleeing burglar while officers tried to conduct a rolling roadblock.
    "I'm doing fine.  Much better than the vehicle.  I've only had it for a week," he says.
    After DPS trooper fired a shot at the vehicle, it to ran off the road a few miles south of Archer City, went through a fence and the suspect jumped out and fled into the brush.
    His car then caught on fire and began burning.
    Archer County Sheriff Staci Beesinger says, "He actually got out on foot.  We searched for him.  He was actually hiding in the weeds out here, but they finally found him and got him in custody."
    Archer City police, DPS, Archer County Sheriff's Office, Olney police, and the Young County Sheriff's Office all assisted in this chase.
    "It's just a wonderful feeling to know to know we've got all this help backing us up on these types of things that happen," Sheriff Beesinger says.
    She says in addition to stolen merchandise and a gun,  authorities also found several bags of methamphetamine in the car.
    A 24-year-old man and a 21-year-old man are both in the Archer County Jail tonight for their involvement in this incident.
    Sheriff Beesinger says both suspects face charges of burglary of a habitation.
    She says the suspect who fled in the vehicle also faces several other felony charges including aggravated assault of a peace officer and possession of methamphetamine.
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