CONNECT AMARILLO : AMARILLO, TEXAS -- The suspect from an early Monday morning robbery led police on a chase down Interstate 40, police said.
It ended when police said the driver ran into a gas pump at I-40 and Ross.
At about 7:25 a.m., police responded to a possible robbery at the Toot-N-Totum in the 2600 block of Amarillo Boulevard East. Police said a black male in his 30s wearing a blue shirt and denim shorts along with white tennis shoes had robbed the store.
He wandered around the store for a few minutes before taking money from the register, police said. He fled in a White Cadillac with a black top.
Police said a witness was able to obtain a possible tag number from the suspect vehicle. An unmarked officer then observed a vehicle with a similar tag number traveling south on Ridgemere.
The unmarked officer followed the car until a marked unit could initiate a traffic stop, police said.
Police said the driver refused to stop and a chase ensued toward I-40. It continued on I-40 westbound until the vehicle exited at the Ross-Osage exit.
The driver cut through a parking lot at the northeast corner of a gas station parking lot. He crashed into one of the gas pumps causing a fire, police said.
A fire started and the unidentified suspect was taken into custody. He was first transported to the hospital for evaluation but was then booked into the Potter County Jail for Robbery and Evading Arrest in a Motor Vehicle.
This incident remains under investigation and police said this robbery could be linked to the one at 1600 Amarillo Boulevard East from earlier in the morning.