High-speed chase ends with two arrests

Photo by Ashley Fabby.
Red Oak PD and Waxahachie PD concluded a vehicle pursuit safely after Alexandra Strickland, 23, fled from Red Oak police and wrecked in front of Landmark Equipment on Business 287 in Waxahachie.

RED OAK — A high-speed chase from Red Oak to Waxahachie ended safely Wednesday evening after the suspects wrecked in front of Landmark Equipment on Business 287.

According to Red Oak Chief of Police Garland Wolf, an officer witnessed a vehicle failing to vacate the passing lane on I-35 with defective equipment and an obstructed paper license plate that could not be read in an area where the department receives numerous complaints of reckless driving. Additionally, Wolf stated the truck changed lanes abruptly, crossing two lanes of traffic without signaling resulting in danger to other motorists.

Alexandra Strickland, 23, was arrested on Wednesday, July 8, 2015 after leading officers on a high-speed chase from Red Oak to Waxahachie.Photo courtesy Ellis County Sheriff's Office.

Alexandra Strickland, 23, was arrested on Wednesday, July 8, 2015 after leading officers on a high-speed chase from Red Oak to Waxahachie.

"The officer, based on those facts, attempted to initiate a traffic stop near Red Oak Road on S/B 35," Wolf stated. "After the officer activated his lights the female driver fled on the S/B service road of I-35 briefly reaching speeds of 100 mph then slowing to speeds that fluctuated between 60-75 mph."

After entering and exiting the main lanes of I-35 several times, the vehicle eventually exited at Business 287 in Waxahachie where the vehicle lost control, drove through a small ditch in front of Landmark Equipment and struck a mailbox.

With the assistance of Waxahachie Police Department, the driver, identified as Alexandra Michelle Strickland, 23, of Waxahachie, and Justin Tanner Ludlow, 24, of Waxahachie were arrested without further incident.

Justin Ludlow, 24, was arrested on Wednesday, July 8, 2015 for outstanding warrants after a vehicle he was riding passenger in crashed during a high-speed chase with Red Oak and Waxahachie police.Photo courtesy Ellis County Sheriff's Office.

Justin Ludlow, 24, was arrested on Wednesday, July 8, 2015 for outstanding warrants after a vehicle he was riding passenger in crashed during a high-speed chase with Red Oak and Waxahachie police.

"Both occupants had numerous warrants and an extensive criminal history. Both subjects were arrested for their outstanding warrants and the driver was charged with evading arrest with a vehicle. No officers, civilians or suspects were injured," Wolf stated.

Strickland was charged with Evading Arrest and Detention with a Vehicle and her bond was set at $5,000. She was transferred to the Wayne McCollum Detention Center this morning and remains in custody as of press time.

Ludlow had warrants out of Ellis County and was taken into custody by an Ellis County Sheriff's Deputy. As of press time, Ludlow remains in custody at the Wayne McCollum Detention Center.