BELTON — A man who fled from local police and injured an officer during a physical altercation was sentenced to probation Tuesday in Bell County District Court.

Jeffery Luther Care, 20, pleaded guilty to a third-degree-felony count of evading arrest with a motor vehicle and was sentenced to four years of probation.

Care was arrested Nov. 5 after a high-speed chase that began in Salado.

According to the Bell County Sheriff’s Department, Salado police attempted to pull Care over for a traffic violation when he sped way.

The pursuit continued down Farm-to-Market 2484, north on FM 1670, east on U.S. Highway 190, south on Interstate 35, and then returned to FM 2484.

The vehicle ran out of gas near Eagle Nest Road, just south of Harker Heights and Killeen.

When a Salado officer attempted to arrest Care, he allegedly wrestled with the police officer.

The officer hurt his back during the altercation and was transported to Scott & White Hospital in Temple. The officer was released from the hospital the following day.,

Care’s sentence was adjudicated, meaning he could be re-prosecuted and sentenced with the charge should he fail to meet the terms of his probation.

Contact Chris McGuinness at chrism@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7568. Follow him on Twitter at ChrismKDH.

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