UPDATED: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - 12:11pm
Hewitt — The Killeen Police Department released the following information in regard to today's high-speed chase:
On Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at about 10:00 a.m. Killeen Police officers responded to a domestic disturbance call involving a firearm in the 5800 block of Redstone. The armed male left the scene prior to arrival of the officers; however, officers located him in the area of Westcliff Road and Rancier Avenue and attempted to stop him to investigate.
The driver refused to stop, fled in his vehicle and a pursuit ensued. The preliminary investigation revealed that the driver’s wife had been assaulted and that the driver made statements indicating he may pose harm to himself.
The pursuit continued on to Highway US-190 and then northbound on IH-35. There were several agencies involved as the driver disregarded law enforcement officers and refused to pull over; he drove at high speeds through several jurisdictions. The driver crashed his vehicle on the access road to IH-35 in Hewitt, Texas. As he attempted to exit the vehicle, he was taken into custody by officers and placed into an ambulance, where he was transported to Hillcrest Hospital for evaluation of any possible injuries from the crash.
The identity of the driver is not released pending official charges.
This investigation continues and further information may be released as it is available.
A high-speed chase that started in Killeen came to a fiery halt in Hewitt.
Officials tell KWKT the chase began in Killeen and ended at mile marker 325 on I-35, near Moonlight Drive in Hewitt.
During the chase, the driver exited Hewitt Drive and headed toward Hewitt, then at some point, turned around and drove back to I-35. Once he made it back, he crashed and the car burst into flames.
Officials took him into custody with possession of a pistol and rifle.
Injuries are unknown at this time.