VAN ALSTYNE — Van Alstyne police arrested a Texas Health Presbyterian — WNJ doctor Wednesday afternoon after he led them on a high-speed chase.

VAN ALSTYNE — Van Alstyne police arrested a Texas Health Presbyterian — WNJ doctor Wednesday afternoon after he led them on a high-speed chase.


At about 11:45 a.m. an officer saw a car traveling southbound on U.S. Highway 75 just north of F.M. 121 at more than 90 miles per hour, said Van Alstyne Police Chief Tim Barnes. The officer attempted to pull the car over, but the car increased speed, Barnes said, thus initiating a pursuit.


The suspect’s car drove around traffic and onto the service road during the pursuit, Barnes said. The suspect exited at County Line Road, drove up the side of the overpass bridge, went through the guardrail and was airborne before landing on the south side of the bridge. In doing so, the car damaged about 45 feet of guardrail.


The suspect exceeded speeds of 124 mph during the pursuit, Barnes said.


The officer arrested the driver for evading arrest with a vehicle. The driver has been identified as Dr. Kamalsingh Rathod, a cardiologist who has privileges at WNJ in Sherman.


"We are very fortunate that nobody was injured during the pursuit," Barnes said.


Police administered a field sobriety test and a blood-alcohol level test on Rathod, as is standard procedure after pursuits, Barnes said. The police are still waiting on results from the blood test.


The reason Rathod fled from police remains unknown, Barnes said, adding that he was not hurrying to tend to a patient.


WNJ spokeswoman Cathy Black confirmed that Rathod is still on hospital staff, but had no further comment.


Rathod was released from the Grayson County Jail on a $7,500 surety bond Wednesday evening. Attempts to reach Rathod for comment Thursday afternoon were unsuccessful.