A 21-Year-Old Chop Shop Owner Shot at the Cops on Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge Last Night, Police Say

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Juan Delarosa
The police who patrol West Dallas know 21-year-old Juan Delarosa well. In his brief time as an adult, he's already been convicted on three car theft-related felonies and awaits trial on a fourth. His preference is large pickups -- Ford F250s, Dodge Ram 3500s and the like -- though he's not above stealing a neighbor's Dodge Dakota, which is what he was busted for most recently. He used to run a chop shop at a home at 5022 Canada Drive at the foot of the levees in West Dallas, until a deputy constable serving a truancy notice inadvertently stumbled on the operation.

Given the repeated run-ins with the law, it's not surprising that Delarosa would have a not-terribly-positive view of Dallas' finest, which perhaps helps explain what happened in the early hours of this morning.

According to a police report, Officer Steven Blosser was traveling across the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge just after 2 a.m. when he noticed a car in front of him slow down and pull into the right-hand lane. The car's driver, later identified as Delarosa, rolled down his window and squeezed off three shots at the passing squad car.

Blosser flipped on his lights and sirens and gave chase as Delarosa turned onto two-lane Canada Drive and stepped on the gas, ultimately hitting 110 miles per hour. He eased back down to 80 when he nearly crashed into the back of another car, which had to serve off the road.

The chase had gone on for barely two miles when Delarosa hit the stretch where Canada Drive curves sharply for the Hampton Road underpass. His car was going too fast to make the turn, and he ran over a curb, deflating both of the driver's side tires.

Blosser was close enough when the car stalled out to see Delarosa emerge and take off toward the levee. He made it 600 yards when officer, with help from DPD's helicopter, located him. He was taken briefly to Parkland then released to Lew Sterrett Jail, where he faces a charge of aggravated assault on a public servant.

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23 comments
obbopp
obbopp

Time to buy an isolated island far far away and start banishing these things from civil society permanently.


Navy can keep an eye on the place and destroy any craft made there attempting to flee their fate.


Leave tools to allow the banished ones to grow food, build shelters, etc.


Inform youth and adults what offenses assure permanent banishment.

J_A_
J_A_

Why would you ask for trouble like that? Makes zero sense.

James Raymond
James Raymond

This is what happens when you start drinking in the morning

casiepierce
casiepierce

I just KNEW that bridge would be bad news. Now can we give it a new name? "Drive-By Bridge"? "Chop Shop Bridge"? "Bridge to Lew Sterret?"

WylieH
WylieH

[Blosser flipped on his lights and sirens and gave chase as Delarosa turned onto two-lane Canada Drive and stepped on the gas, ultimately hitting 110 miles per hour.]

It is actually a divided road with a median for most of that stretch... and (with some mad skillz) you can overtake another driver traveling the same direction.  Like many City of Dallas streets, however, it is of substandard quality (very wavy/bumpy, no striping, no curbs, etc.). 

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

Can't wait to see what he does for #5!

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

If only..."to see Delarosa emerge and take off toward the levee. He made it 600 yards when" he jumped on a solar powered taxi amd made his getaway.

observist
observist topcommenter

Curious what he thought he stood to gain by taking unprovoked pot shots at the police.

Brian Harris
Brian Harris

Let me get this right - 3 charges and awaiting the fourth, right? Why was he free to roam the streets (and shoot at cops, etc.) at that point?

TexMarine
TexMarine

...and now we all look at other news outlets to get some insight on this fine young mans immigration status.

Tim Evans
Tim Evans

Not a good decision. See ya dude.

Ron Schulz
Ron Schulz

So you turn a car charge into shooting at a cop. What a genius !

rubbercow
rubbercow

It is a stumper. Better to have this kid off the streets, though.

rubbercow
rubbercow

Pretty sure that this happened in West Dallas.

But, it is noted that you are ignorant.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@TexMarine Then again, if he was born and raised here, like many of our fellow citizens with those foreign sounding names, you'll have no status to check.

llygoden
llygoden

@nammer @rubbercow 

No, we who live in Oak Cliff choose to live here.  Highland Park just never appealed to me.

rubbercow
rubbercow

Yes, I do live in Oak Cliff and when we moved here from Houston, we chose this neighborhood specifically.

You could not pay me enough to live in Highland Park. I know that to folks like you HP is the end all be all - you are the same people who think Dallas is a "World Class" city.

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