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Posted: Tuesday, October 11, 2011 12:00 pm

By Mason W. Canales

Killeen Daily Herald

GATESVILLE - A state trooper arrested a Gatesville teenager who led local police on a car chase throughout the city Saturday.

The Gatesville Police Department did not release the name of the 16-year-old who is charged with armed robbery at a residence, evading arrest or detention with a motor vehicle, and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. But the teenager was placed in the Limestone County juvenile detention center, according to a news release.

"This guy was driving crazy," said Harpin Myers, a senior trooper for the Department of Public Safety in the Killeen area. "He was going between yards and between buildings."

The Gatesville Police news release stated about 8:30 a.m. Saturday a resident in the 400 block of Fennimore Drive reported a man wearing a bandana on his face beating on the front door with a rifle and demanding money. The resident didn't exchange any money during the incident, and the man eventually retreated into a waiting vehicle and fled the scene.

In the 1100 block of College Street, police located a vehicle matching the description given by the robbery victim and attempted to stop the driver. The car sped away from officers as they gave pursuit.

Police, along with state troopers and Coryell County Sheriff's Department deputies, chased the vehicle through parking lots and residential areas before calling the pursuit too dangerous to continue, stated the news release.

Trooper Ronald Slay in Copperas Cove was able to continue to follow the vehicle with the aid of residents in the area, Myers said. "Thankfully we had some good help from some citizens."

Slay stopped the vehicle in the 1400 block of Depot Street and apprehended the teenager at gunpoint, which is standard practice during a felony arrest after a chase, said Myers.

"You have to be prepared to make a felony stop for the safety of the suspect, the officer, and the public," he said.

Myers said no shots were exchanged during the arrest and no other residents were injured during the incident. The teenage suspect was taken to Coryell Memorial Hospital with minor injuries and for evaluation.

Gatesville police officers are continuing to investigate the incident.

Contact Mason W. Canales at mcanales@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7474. Follow him on Twitter at KDHCoveEditor.

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