GATESVILLE — A Texas Department of Public Safety trooper used his patrol vehicle to end a chase that extended from Bosque to Coryell counties on Tuesday.

A trooper stopped to assist a vehicle he believed to be disabled at 7 p.m. Tuesday, said Harpin Myers, a Texas DPS spokesman.

When he exited his patrol car to check on the occupants, they sped away.

The trooper then pursued the vehicle on Farm-to-Market 215 to Business 36 in Gatesville, Myers said.

The fleeing vehicle reached speeds of more than 100 miles per hour, and was driving over sidewalks and swerving along the roadway to try to escape the officer.

Eventually, the trooper crashed his car into the fleeing vehicle to get it to stop.

“The trooper used his vehicle as a tool to protect the safety of others,” Myers said. No one was hurt, but the cars did suffer minor damage.

Once the vehicle stopped, officers were able to arrest the occupants.

The passenger had a felony warrant, and the driver is being held on a charge of evading arrest with a motor vehicle, Myers said.

Myers did not release the names.

Contact Mason W. Canales at ​ or (254) 501-7474

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