Irving Police Release Dashcam Footage of Tragic Pursuit Ending in Fatal Crash on I-35E
The stolen vehicle’s occupants tragically lost their lives in the incident, sparking discussions on law enforcement procedures and public safety.
Irving, Texas police have released dashcam footage capturing the final moments of a pursuit that tragically ended in the deaths of four individuals on Interstate 35E in Dallas on February 1, 2024. Authorities reported that the deceased were occupants of a stolen vehicle attempting to flee from law enforcement during an attempted traffic stop.
According to Irving police, the driver of the stolen vehicle lost control while being pursued and careened over the side of the Woodall Rodgers Freeway ramp, crashing below near Interstate 35. A harrowing snippet from the dashcam video depicts an officer observing the vehicle’s descent, noting the ensuing massive fire below the freeway.
All occupants of the vehicle, identified as 22-year-old DeAvion Aubert, Sabria Lacey, Robert Gowans Jr., and Anthony Lisbon, all aged 21, perished in the crash. The incident unfolded when officers encountered the stolen vehicle around 2 a.m. in the 3200 block of North Beltline Road and attempted to initiate a stop. However, the driver evaded capture, prompting a pursuit into Dallas.
During the chase, a Dallas County Sheriff’s Office deputy sustained a non-life-threatening arm injury when the fleeing vehicle collided with a light pole, causing it to fall onto the deputy’s vehicle. The deputy had been attempting to deploy spike strips to immobilize the suspect’s vehicle.
The Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed the identities of the deceased, while the investigation into the circumstances surrounding the pursuit and crash remains ongoing. The release of the dashcam footage sheds light on the intensity of the pursuit and the tragic outcome that ensued, prompting scrutiny and discussions about law enforcement procedures and public safety.