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High speed chase leads to Denison highway fires

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A series of grass fires along U.S. 75 in Denison was sparked by a pickup truck being pursued by police on July 3, 2018. (KTEN) A series of grass fires along U.S. 75 in Denison was sparked by a pickup truck being pursued by police on July 3, 2018. (KTEN)
Garrett Morott was arrested after a high-speed pursuit through Collin and Grayson counties on July 2, 2018. (Collin County Jail) Garrett Morott was arrested after a high-speed pursuit through Collin and Grayson counties on July 2, 2018. (Collin County Jail)

DENISON, Texas -- A fiery 30-minute pursuit that started in McKinney ended with an arrest on a Denison highway Monday night.

McKinney police spokesman Sgt. Jimmy Thomas said officers in that Collin County city attempted to pull over a gray GMC pickup truck on suspicion of intoxicated driving around 8 p.m.

When the vehicle didn't stop, the chase was on.

The vehicle, whose driver was identified by police as 24-year-old Garrett Morott, headed north toward Oklahoma on U.S. 75. McKinney police and other law enforcement agencies in Collin and Grayson counties joined the pursuit.

Thomas said spike sticks were deployed in an attempt to flatten the tires of the Morott's truck, but he kept going.

Sparks from the rims of the wheels set off a series of grass fires along a seven-mile stretch of U.S. 75 from FM 691 to Randell Lake Road in Denison.

The pickup came to a halt near the Texas Travel Information Center just south of the Oklahoma border, where Morott was taken into custody by McKinney police, Thomas said.

There were three other people in the truck; they were not arrested and no one was injured, the police spokesman said.

Morott was returned to Collin County, where is is facing charges of evading arrest and driving without a license. He was also being held on unspecified federal felony warrants.

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