CRIME
Lampasas police arrested a man early Thursday morning after they say he evaded them for more than 30 miles in a stolen vehicle, only halting before hitting spike strips deployed the Killeen Police Department, according to a Lampasas Police Department news release on Thursday.

Nick Cortez Hernandez, 53, of Lampasas, has been charged with evading in a motor vehicle, a third-degree felony; unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, a state jail felony; and driving while license invalid with previous convictions, a Class B misdemeanor, according to the Lampasas Police Department.

Lampasas police were dispatched to a possible disturbance round 2:16 a.m. Thursday in the 1700 block of South Key Avenue. An officer made contact with Hernandez, but they said he failed to comply with orders and evaded police in a white pickup truck, according to the news release.

"Hernandez drove off from the scene at a high rate of speed, and (the officer) pursued this vehicle for approximately 31 miles," police said. "This pursuit ended on I-14 at the off- ramp to Knight’s Way, when Hernandez abruptly stopped the vehicle to avoid hitting tire deflation devices that were deployed by Killeen Police Department."

Police said Hernandez continued to resist arrest after stopping and an officer "Tased" Hernandez "to gain control of him."

After Hernandez was stopped, police learned that the vehicle he was driving was stolen from the owner’s residence in Lampasas, according to the news release.

After being released from the hospital where he was checked out, Hernandez was arrested.

"The Lampasas County Sheriff’s Department, the Coryell County Sheriff’s Department, and the Killeen Police Department assisted the Lampasas Police Department with this pursuit and arrest," said Lt. Chuck Montgomery with the Lampasas Police Department in the news release. "We appreciate these agencies for assisting our department with a safe resolution to incident."

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