Fort Hood gate

Vehicles wait at Fort Hood’s Clear Creek gate in 2014.

Herald file photo

Fort Hood and the Texas Department of Public Safety are releasing few details on how a motorist was able to disregard “all gate security” at Fort Hood’s Clear Creek gate Tuesday as he fled from a state trooper.

The chase started about 12:20 p.m. Tuesday with a traffic violation on U.S. Highway 190 between Copperas Cove and Killeen then turned north toward the Fort Hood gate on Clear Creek Road. The vehicle — a blue Toyota two-door passenger car with a male driver and no other occupants — disregarded all gate security, according to a statement from Sgt. David Roberts with DPS.

On Wednesday, Fort Hood officials refused to answer specific questions from the Herald concerning the security breach. Instead, they issued the following statement:

“Fort Hood officials continuously assess the safety and security of those who live and work on Fort Hood. With that said, we do not discuss specific aspects of our force protection posture for operational security reasons.”

The questions the Herald gave to Fort Hood that were not answered included:

How was the vehicle being chased able to bypass the security at the Clear Creek Gate?

Was security in place at the time?

Why were security measures, like blockades or weapons, not deployed?

The driver of the fleeing Toyota eventually went through another Fort Hood gate, “exiting post westbound on State Highway 9,” according to DPS.

The trooper lost sight of the vehicle after leaving Fort Hood. The vehicle was later found abandoned on Farm-to-Market 116 north of Copperas Cove.

The case is under investigation, according to DPS, which did not respond to additional questions from the Herald on Wednesday.

jbrooks@kdhnews.com | 254-501-7468

jbrooks@kdhnews.com | 254-501-7468

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