A high-speed car chase ended in a wreck and a foot chase Tuesday.
Three teenage male suspects were apprehended near the Automax car dealership on Scott & White Drive in Killeen.
The chase began around noon Tuesday near Killeen High School. An officer was patrolling a school zone near KHS when he spotted a white Hyundai Sonata speeding.
When the officer turned around to pursue the vehicle, he recognized the license plate number as one from a car that had been reported stolen earlier in the 4400 block of Sand Dollar Drive, police spokeswoman Carroll Smith said.
The officer called in for backup and continued to follow the vehicle to Zephyr Road. When a second patrol officer arrived, they attempted to stop the vehicle.
Instead, the driver sped off, hitting speeds up to 70 mph through neighborhood streets.
The driver headed south on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and then onto Scott & White Drive, which runs behind several businesses located along westbound Central Texas Expressway.
At a curve in the road, the driver hit a wall, lost control of the vehicle and spun into a boat being hauled by a pickup truck, Smith said.
The three occupants, two age 16 and a 17-year-old, fled on foot.
Police apprehended one of the suspects hiding under the boat involved in the collision. Another was found hiding under a truck in a parking lot. A third was apprehended in the parking lot of the Automax with the help of an employee.
The driver was charged with evading arrest in a motor vehicle (a felony), and the two occupants are charged with evading arrest fleeing on foot, according to a KPD news release. Further charges are pending.
The names of the juvenile suspects will not be made public. The 17-year-old’s name will be released once charges are filed with the district attorney’s office.