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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Felon apprehended after pursuit, crash

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  • Ricky Pippin, 51, a fugitive on the Fort Worth Police Department's Most Wanted List, was taken into custody early Saturday morning following a high-speed pursuit that ended in Lone Grove. Wilson Police Department Officer Richard Parsley, said Pippin was arrested pending charges of assault and battery of a police officer with a deadly weapon, eluding, DUI, driving under suspension, no insurance and taxes due the state. He was also additionally charged with disturbing the peace and disorderly conduct after he had to be restrained at Mercy Ardmore Hospital where he was treated after ramming a Wilson Police Department cruiser head on.
    Parsley responded to a call at 2:01 a.m. Saturday that had Officer Brandon Dingman in pursuit of Pippin. Dingman had clocked Pippin driving 75 mph in a 65 mph zone on state Highway 70 near Applegate Road. Pippin acted like he was going to stop, but continued to elude Dingman. Pippin reached speeds of 95 and 100 mph, weaving in and out of traffic.
    Parsley said he joined the pursuit, and Lone Grove Police Officer Brian Stuckey set up on Texaco Road. Both Dingman and Stuckey succeeded in diverting Pippin from the populated area of Lone Grove. Pippin turned around and headed east on SH 70. Dingman stopped in the roadway, blocking one lane, and Pippin accelerated, hitting Dingman's car head on. Both Dingman and Parsley shot out Pippin's tires as the suspect attempted to accelerate away from the scene. Pippin refused to get out of the car, and was forcibly removed.
    "I smelled alcohol and he had just left a bar," Parsley said. "He said he was a wanted man and wasn't going to stop. He said he was wanted for a whole lot of stuff."
    The Tarrant County Sheriff's Department listed Pippin as wanted for possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon and bail jumping.
    Dingman was not seriously injured in the collision, and Pippin was treated for a minor injury after his air bag was deployed.
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