This morning just before 1:30 am a Garland Officer initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle on North West Highway at IH 635. As the officer turned on the squad’s overhead emergency lights the vehicle, a 2007 Ford Crown Victoria, began to speed away. The Ford traveled up the entrance ramp of IH 635 from North West Highway headed west towards Dallas. The officer pursued as the Ford continued west and exited at Jupiter Road. The driver lost control and drove over the curb of the exit ramp, leaving the roadway. The vehicle began to roll over on the grass area between the exit ramp and the highway. When the vehicle came to rest it was discovered the two male occupants had been thrown from the vehicle. One of the men was transported to Baylor Hospital of Dallas and the other to Parkland Hospital. The man who was transported to Baylor Hospital, 28 year old Daniel Ray Melrose of Dallas, died at the hospital. The man who was transported to Parkland Hospital is currently listed in critical condition with life threatening injures.
Police are continuing to investigate to find out which man was actually driving at the time of the single car crash.