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Dashcam chase: Love field scare

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010 - 5:22pm

When Michael Laurence Browne smashed through a security fence at Dallas Love Field Airport and sped onto the active runway, he probably didn't know that the chase commander briefly authorized deadly force, for fear he may try and ram an aircraft.

The dash camera video and audio files begin that Thursday afternoon, August 19, at 2:25pm.

Police said an undercover officer running license plates discovered the pickup truck Browne was driving was stolen.

The officer followed him for four minutes before a marked police cruiser joined in and tried to pull him over.

"Yeah, he knows we're back here behind him," one officer said.

Anticipating a chase, Dallas PD's helicopter, Air One, was already called to help look for them.

"Is he southbound yet?," another officer asked, also anticipating an impending police chase. "I've got stop sticks down here south of you."


"All right, I'm gonna light him up," the lead officer said. "I've got two squads behind me now."
Police quickly figured out the man in the stolen truck wasn't going to stop.

The chase was on.

When the truck smashed through an airport gate and sped onto a runway, commanders authorized the use of deadly force to stop the driver.

Thankfully, that wasn't necessary.

An officer was able to execute a pit maneuver, sending the truck skidding off of the tarmac and into the grass, where it stopped.

Browne is now facing charges including evading arrest, criminal mischief, unauthorized use of a vehicle, aggravated robbery, and one federal count of interfering with security screening personnel.

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