A car police say was stolen is shown crashed into a boat behind Automax off Scott and White Drive in Killeen Tuesday.

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.

Contact Philip Jankowski at philipj@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7553

(5) comments


Charge these kids as adults!


Wow. Poor sad families and thoughtless kids. We have to teach our young drivers how to behave on the road... this is so depressing because of how much stress they've put on their families and what they've done to their future. I hope they were insured at least... Even if you're not eligible for USAA, there's good local options like Allstar Killeen.


Christine, did you not read the story? What do you mean teach young drivers how to behave on the road. They stole this car and then were out running from the police and endangering lives. Also the people who own the car better be insured because it will fall on them. [angry]


Christine, are you serious? You sound like an ad for an insurance company.


I was heading to Killeen Scott and White Clinic on Scott and White drive. I just pulled off the side street in front of the pharmacy when a speeding white car went past me. This car was moving at a speed of at least 50 mph. Following were several police cars in pursuit. I quickly parked and exited my truck when I heard a crash. I looked toward the end of the street near AutoMax, where it appeared the driver had crashed into a boat and trailer. I seen someone running and a fifth police car turned and exited the feeder road and back into the parking lot at Discount Tire. I was wondering what had really happened. I'm just glad myself and others weren't hurt.

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