POTTER COUNTY, TX (KFDA) - UPDATE: The high-speed chase suspect that dragged a Potter County Sheriff's Deputy as he fled is now in custody.
The suspect has been identified as Justin Dewayne McIntire, 34. McIntire was arrested on warrants for aggravated assault against a public servant and evading arrest/detention with a vehicle.
NewsChannel 10 has submitted a request for McIntire's booking photo.
A Potter County deputy sustained a foot fracture Thursday evening after the suspect of a high-speed chase dragged the deputy with him, according to Sheriff Brian Thomas.
Thomas says the incident started around 6 p.m. Thursday when a deputy clocked a motorcyclist going 117 miles per hour near Cherry and Broadway, north of Amarillo.
The deputy pursued the suspect, but the chase was called off due to high speeds.
A little later, deputies were able to catch up with the suspect in the 6500 block of N. Eastern. The suspect appeared to be stopping.
However, when the deputy approached, the suspect took off, hitting the deputy and dragging him with him.
"At that point he then gunned it, hitting my deputy and dragging him down the street," said Thomas. "The deputy did fire a round at the suspect. At this time, we don't know if he got hit or not."
Thomas says the Deputy sustained a possible sprain or fractured foot in the ordeal. He is crediting the Sheriff's Office's new body cams for leads in the investigation. This photo was taken in the ordeal, clearly showing the suspect.
"Using that to hopefully get some leads, we've gotten several calls today, so we're hoping that before it's all over and done with the next couple of days we'll have the right guy. Hopefully have somebody in custody."
Thomas describes the suspect as a white male wearing a black full face helmet, a gray shirt with red and white stripes on the short sleeves, blue jeans and bright blue sneakers. He also appeared to have sleeve tattoos on both arms. He was riding a red "crotch rocket" motorcycle with a clear windshield.
"All he had to do is pull over and stop. Is it really worth going to prison because you want to outrun the police and especially when you hit one or whether you hit one of us or you hit an innocent person, you kill them," says Thomas. "Now you're in jail for vehicle manslaughter because you think you can outrun the police?"
If you have any information about this suspect, call Amarillo Crime Stoppers at 374-4400.