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Vehicle pursuit spans multiple counties

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Posted: Saturday, March 15, 2014 4:30 am

A nearly 60-mile vehicle pursuit Friday morning traversed several counties before a 67-year-old driver was stopped on Interstate 35 in Salado.

After his arrest, Douglas Lewis, of Houston, was arraigned at the Bell County Jail and was scheduled to be transferred to Bastrop, said Trooper D.L. Wilson, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety. Lewis will be charged with felony evading arrest with a motor vehicle. What started as an attempted traffic stop of a 2010 silver Ford F-150 pickup truck on U.S. 290 in Elgin ended on I-35 in Salado at the 285 mile marker after road spikes were laid down to disable the vehicle, Wilson said.

“He drove on the vehicle’s rims for approximately 20 miles,” Wilson said, adding that the I-35 pursuit began at mile marker 265. The chase also went through Travis and Williamson counties, Bastrop County Sheriff Fred Pickering said.

A DPS helicopter and numerous law enforcement agencies, including Texas game wardens, were involved.

No injuries resulted from the incident, but Wilson said “Northbound traffic was snarled for 4 to 5 miles (on I-35).”

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