UPDATED: Friday, January 10, 2014 - 10:54pm
KILLEEN, TX — A high speed chase through Bell County Thursday afternoon lead to a wanted man's arrest.
According to police, officers with the Killeen Police Department attempted to stop a red 1995 Ford Thunderbird that was driven by a wanted 53-year-old Killeen man. The officers stopped the vehicle on the eastbound Hwy 190 overpass at Stan Schlueter at 12:49 p.m. As the officer approached the vehicle, the driver sped off eastbound into Harker Heights, and a pursuit ensued. The suspect fled from the officers at a high rate of speed throughout Bell County, in cities including Harker Heights, Nolanville, Belton, and Temple. Officers with each department assisted the Killeen Police Department at different times during the pursuit.
A Department of Public Safety trooper was in the area of Simmons Road when he entered the pursuit at 1:10 p.m. He remained with the Killeen Police Department as the suspect continued to evade officers. The trooper became the lead officer in the pursuit as it continued through Belton and into Temple. This pursuit continued northbound on FM 317 then westbound onto Hwy 36, entering Coryell County. The suspect was traveling at approximately 100 mph.
The driver had been handled by officers in the past and he was known to be armed and have narcotics with him. He began making furtive movements, and officers had reason to believe he had a gun inside the vehicle. The trooper shot out a rear tire on the vehicle as they were traveling on Hwy 36, however the suspect failed stop. The suspect again made suspicious movements when he turned southbound onto Hwy 184 and then onto East Range Road. Two more shots were fired by the DPS trooper, hitting the other rear tire and the trunk of the vehicle. The suspect came to a stop a short distance later. The trooper took care to make sure the area was clear and no one was in harm’s way when the shots were fired.
The suspect was taken into custody at 1:42 p.m. and later transported to Metroplex Hospital by ambulance with non life-threatening injuries.
Officers recovered three guns and narcotics inside the vehicle. The suspect had outstanding warrants out of Bell County for narcotic related offenses and a warrant out of Travis County. His name will not be released at this time until formal charges are returned regarding this incident.
Officers involved in this incident with the Killeen Police Department were Harker Heights, Nolanville, Belton and Temple Police Departments, the Department of Public Safety, Bell County Sheriff’s Department, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Coryell County Sheriff’s Office, Fort Hood Provost Marshalls Office, and the U.S. Marshall’s Office, working together safely to have this pursuit come to a safe conclusion.
This incident continues to be investigated and information will be released as it becomes available.