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FF In Critical Condition After Stolen Car Slams Into His

FF In Critical Condition After Stolen Car Slams Into His

Fort Worth Star-Telegram via YellowBrix

July 12, 2010

FORT WORTH, TX – An off-duty Fort Worth firefighter was seriously injured when a man drove a stolen pickup into his vehicle Sunday morning, authorities said.

Mark Puente, 25, was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital in critical condition following the 11:05 a.m. wreck in the 5600 block of Bryant Irvin Road near Southwest Loop 820, officials said.

The driver of the pickup, Roy Dorsey, 57, was hospitalized with minor injuries and faces arrest on multiple charges, Fort Worth police said.

Investigators believe Dorsey stole a tan 1999 Ford F-350 earlier in the morning and drove it to the 1400 block of East Mulkey Street near South Riverside Drive. Police said Dorsey confronted an ex-girlfriend there and kidnapped her 4-year-old grandson at about 10:45 a.m.

Witnesses reported seeing a truck matching the description of the stolen vehicle speed through red lights. Minutes later, the truck collided with another vehicle near Camp Bowie Boulevard and Horne Street and continued, police said.

Police said Dorsey drove through a red light and struck the passenger side of a Toyota FJ Cruiser that Puente was driving. The 4-year-old boy did not report being injured, but police said he was taken to Cook Children’s Medical Center as a precaution.

Dorsey faces charges of felony theft, aggravated kidnapping, leaving the scene of an accident and endangering a child, Fort Worth police said. Investigators believe he was in “mental distress” and may have wanted to harm himself, police said.

Puente, who joined the fire department in 2008, is currently assigned to Battalion 5 on the city’s west side as a vacation relief firefighter.