Man leads Temple police on chase ending in river serach

Bell County Jail
POSTED: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 3:23pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 11:27am

An Austin man is behind bars after he led police on chase covering car, ground and water.

On Tuesday morning, at about 11:32 a.m., Temple Police Officers attempted to stop a vehicle heading southbound on Interstate 35 near mile marker 295. The driver of the vehicle initially would not stop for the officers when signaled both audibly and visually to stop. The suspect vehicle exited the highway at exit 294B and stopped in the parking lot of “River Forrest Inn”.

Upon stopping the suspect exited the car and fled on foot north from the scene. The male jumped into the Leon River in an attempt to evade the pursuing officers. A perimeter was set up on both banks of the river by officers from the Temple Police Department, Belton Police Department, Precinct 3 Constables Office, and the Bell County Sheriff’s Department.

The suspect remained in center the river for approximately 30 minutes traversing up and down stream attempting to evade the officers. The male finally exited the river and surrendered himself to the officers.

Officers identified as the man as Gary Williams, 40. A check of Williams showed an active arrest warrant from the Bell County Sheriff’s Department for probation violations, and a second active arrest warrant from the Texas Board of Pardons and Parole for parole violations.

Williams is in the Bell County Jail charged with the warrants and evading arrest.


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