VIDEO: Reporter captures dramatic end of 36-mile car chase in Van Zandt County

Aaron Kyle Woodcock (Source: Kaufman Co. Jail)
Aaron Kyle Woodcock (Source: Kaufman Co. Jail)

WILLS POINT, TX (KLTV) - A video of the end of a 36-mile chase was captured by a KDFW photojournalist, and it shows the moment an officer says he had to make a critical decision regarding the use of his weapon.

Aaron Woodcock, 36, of Rowlett, led numerous departments on a chase before he was finally captured outside a McDonald's on Highway 80 in Will's Point. The incident began in Forney on Monday night at 10:18. The Forney Police Department says they initiated a traffic stop headed eastbound on Hwy 80 at Gateway Boulevard. However, the vehicle did not stop, and led police on a chase for 36 minutes, police say.

Finally, Woodcock's vehicle was disabled near Hwy 80 and 4th Street in Wills Point, at McDonald's, and the driver was taken into custody. A KDFW photojournalist was there outside the restaurant, and actually helped police, they say, by telling them what Woodcock was doing as he watched through the lens of his camera. Police released teargas into the vehicle, so Woodcock finally got out.

Woodcock fled the vehicle and tried to evade police by running behind the restaurant,  but Officer Benny Jones was there waiting.

"I didn't want to shoot him,I knew he made a mistake, it was really nervewracking at that point," Jones said. "I didn't want to kill this guy." 

Jones did not shoot, as Woodcock did not have a gun, and police apprehended him. 

Woodcock was charged with DWI, Resisting Arrest, and Evading, which is a state jail felony. Woodcock was booked into the Kaufman County Jail. 

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