A Killeen 19-year-old was held in the Bell County Jail after he led police on a 110-mile-per-hour chase down U.S. Highway 190/Interstate 14.
Randy Joseph Ely was arrested by police on Jan. 28 and charged with evading arrest. He is held in the Bell County on $25,000 total bond, as he is also charged with the unlawful carrying of a weapon and a misdemeanor count of evading arrest.
Killeen police saw Ely driving 78 mph in a 60 mph zone, and attempted to pull him over. Instead of stopping, Ely began to increase his speed and soon reached 110 mph, according to an affidavit for arrest.
Ely exited 190 at the Fort Hood Street exit and went into a parking lot, where he then parked his car and ran away, police said. A police officer detained Ely as he tried to jump a fence, according to the affidavit for arrest.
Ely told police that he ran because someone jumped out of his car and left a gun in it, according to the affidavit. A loaded gun that had been reported stolen in a 2017 burglary was found on the floorboard of the car, police said.
One of the two evading arrest charges and the unlawful possession of a firearm charge are both class A misdemeanors. Ely was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Claudia Brown.