Forklift operator held after police chase of up 16 mph

Fort Worth Star-TelegramAugust 16, 2011 

FORT WORTH — A Fort Worth man remained in custody Tuesday on suspicion that led police on a brief chase on a forklift through a street and then a highway during the weekend before he stopped on Interstate 30.

Authorities believe the 43-year-old man stole the forklift from a construction site on Rosedale Street.

Police identified the man as Timothy Raines, who faces at least five charges -- driving while intoxicated, theft $20,000-$100,000, aggravated assault, evading arrest and violation of a protective order.

The incident occurred Sunday afternoon as a man drove a forklift on University Drive and on the highway.

Raines is accused of drinking while driving the forklift and at times throwing beer bottles at oncoming traffic.

Police said that Raines almost hit several vehicles including patrol cars during the chase which only reached speeds of 16 mph.

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