A chase in Killeen Thursday afternoon involving a motorcycle ended in a crash with the operator being caught after attempting to flee.
Around 12:30 p.m, a deputy constable attempted to pull over the motorcycle for traffic violations near an on ramp to U.S. Highway 190/Interstate 14, according to Chris Bush, Bell County chief deputy constable.
When the deputy constable's vehicle lights activated, the motorcycle sped away, Bush said. The constable pursued the motorcycle onto the highway.
When speeds reached 110 to 115 miles per hour, the constable ended the chase for the safety of everyone involved, including the public, Bush said.
"Other units from our department, Harker Heights, Killeen, the Department of Public Safety had already been notified about the incident," Bush said. Those units sighted the motorcycle as it exited the highway.
"The motorcycle drove through parking lots in an attempt to evade officers," Bush said. The operator eventually lost control of the motorcycle and crashed in the vicinity of Rosewood Drive and Farm-to-Market 2410.
The operator fled on foot at that point, and Bush credits calls from witnesses for his arrest. Witnesses reported the suspect threw something over a fence. That item turned out to be a handgun, which officers recovered.
Other witnesses reported the suspect outside the Rudy's BBQ, and that he had hidden his helmet and a jacket beneath a parked vehicle, Bush said. He was apprehended outside another business a short time later.
The suspect was booked into the Bell County Jail on a 48-hour hold.
Charges against the suspect are currently being screened by the Bell County district attorney, according to Bush. The constable's office is working to verify the suspect's identity, and they are not releasing the name he gave them at this time.
"We still don't have conclusive evidence that's his real name," Bush said.
Bush was glad to report that no one was injured during the incident, and the only vehicle damaged was the suspect's motorcycle.