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Posted: Wednesday, December 24, 2008 12:00 pm

By Victor O'Brien

Killeen Daily Herald

A female suspect was arraigned Friday following an incident in which a Killeen police officer fired a shot Thursday.

Justice of the Peace Garland Potvin arraigned Aimee Angel Harris, 22, on charges she tried to escape when police attempted to arrest her.

At 12:53 p.m. Thursday, Killeen police detectives were searching for a stolen vehicle in the 1100 and 1200 blocks of North College Street, a Killeen police news release stated.

While the detectives' vehicle was parked at an apartment complex at 1101 N. College St., a gray Honda Accord occupied by two women blocked the vehicle in, Killeen Police Department spokeswoman Carroll Smith said.

According to an arrest affidavit, three detectives left their car and showed their badges to Harris and the other woman inside the Honda. Once the badges were displayed, Harris began placing items suspected by police to be drugs into her mouth.

The other woman left the Honda and placed her hands into the air. Meanwhile, Harris continued to eat the suspected drugs and refused to leave the Honda. Harris then crawled into the backseat and tried to "conceal items in and on her person," the arrest affidavit stated.

Harris crawled back to the front seat and straddled the Honda center console, while detectives stood with their guns pointed at Harris. The car shifted into reverse. Harris hit the accelerator. The car sped by detectives and jumped a curb. At one point, Smith said the Honda's driver appeared to try to run over a detective.

As Harris tried to escape, other Killeen police vehicles arrived and cornered Harris. She was arrested.

Bond was set at $50,000 Friday on an evading arrest or detention charge.

Smith said she could not comment on whether more charges are expected but said the case continues to be investigated. Other crime reported:

A home was burglarized in the 1900 block of Alamo Avenue in Killeen between 8:30 and 10:08 p.m. Monday. A 50-inch TV, a DVD player and speakers valued at $2,019 were stolen.

An apartment was burglarized in the 300 block of Baldwin Loop in Killeen between 5:35 and 7:25 p.m. Monday. A 52-inch TV, three laptops and jewelry valued at $6,700 were stolen.

A home was burglarized in the 1400 block of Windsor Creek in Killeen between 8 p.m. Friday and 9:22 a.m. Monday. An air compressor, a tire with chrome rims and tools in a toolbox valued at $3,400 were stolen.

A building burglary was reported in the 1000 block of North Drive in Copperas Cove at 7:45 a.m. Monday.

Contact Victor O'Brien at vobrien@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7468

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