A high-speed chase with police ended in a fiery crash and foot pursuit Thursday morning in a Killeen neighborhood.
The pursuit began just after 9 a.m. when Killeen police attempted to stop a gray Mazda near the Killeen/Harker Heights city limits. The driver refused to stop and led officers on a chase that reached speeds in excess of 100 mph, according to police.
The driver made his way onto U.S. Highway 190 westbound, taking the Trimmier Road exit and continuing northbound onto Trimmier. The driver turned east onto Illinois Avenue and north into a neighborhood near Grey Fox Trail.
The driver lost control of the vehicle, crashing into a wooden fence at a home in the 3400 block of Bassett Drive. The vehicle caught fire as the suspect, described by police as a Hispanic male, fled on foot.
“I was inside my house cleaning when I heard the squealing tires,” said Lordes Larroy, a resident who lives near the crash site. “I saw him try to make the turn, but he was going way too fast, and he crashed.”
The man was apprehended by police in the 3400 block of Beagle Drive. He was treated by paramedics for nonlife-threatening injuries.
Police said officers also found an unknown amount of methamphetamine inside the vehicle. The man, whose name was withheld, is in Bell County Jail with federal charges pending.