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Accused car thief leads police on chase, attacks guard

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 5:54pm

An accused car thief was caught Tuesday morning after leading police on a chase in a vehicle and on foot.

According to Temple Police Department Public Information Officer Christopher Wilcox, at 5:30 a.m., officers were sent to the 3300 block of Thornton Lane on reports of a vehicle theft. Soon after, authoriters spotted a vehicle headed east on S.W. HK Dodgen Loop near 57th Street.

The officer attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver continues to accelerate. Police chased the driver for several blocks before he hopped out of the car and ran. He was quickly caught and resisted arrest by punching and kicking officers. He was eventually brought under control after the use of a taser and police force. No officers were hurt during the scuffle. 

The officers took the man to a local hospital for medical clearance, and while being treated, the suspect attacked a uniformed security officer by striking the victim in the head with his head.  

Benjamin Copeland, 33, was transported to the Bell County Jail and is awaiting arraignment on a charge of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Felony charges for evading arrest in a motor vehicle and assault on a uniformed security officer are awaiting review by the Bell County District Attorney’s Office.


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