Man suspected of stealing pickup apprehended after pursuit

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A Belton man is in jail after attempting to avoid law enforcement in a stolen vehicle.

A Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) trooper attempted to stop a 1994 Dodge pickup on Loop 121 in Belton Friday morning. The pickup was reported stolen by the Temple Police Department.

The driver of the Dodge fled in his vehicle for approximately 20 minutes down various roadways and streets while Texas DPS and local law enforcement continued their attempts to stop him. 

The Dodge crashed at the intersection of Woodland Trail and FM-2305 in Belton. The driver then fled on foot. He was apprehended shortly thereafter without further incident. 

The driver has been identified as 24-year-old Chase Nathaniel Thornal, of Temple. Thornal was transported to Baylor Scott & White Medical Center by ambulance for medical evaluation. 

Thornal was released from the hospital a short time later, and placed in the Bell County Jail for Evading with a Vehicle and Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle.

Source: Texas Department of Public Safety, Bell County Jail

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