Pursuit runs 31 miles from Lampasas to Killeen

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A man who fled from Lampasas police early Thursday morning led officers on a 31-mile chase through parts of three counties before being taken into custody in Killeen.

It started at 2:16 a.m. as police responded to a disturbance call in the 1700 block of South Key in Lampasas.

When the first officer arrived on the scene, he made contact with 53-year-old Nick Cortez Hernandez, who failed to comply with his orders and fled in a white 2018 Chevrolet Silverado pickup.

Officers say Hernandez drove from the scene at a high rate of speed, entering Highway 190 going west over thirty miles, going through Copperas Cove and Killeen and  only stopping when he he avoided hitting spike strips set up at the Knight’s Way off ramp of I-14.

A statement issued by Lampasas Police Lieutenant Chuck Montgomery said that after stopping the truck, Hernandez continued to be uncooperative and resisted arrest, leading to the deployment of a Taser.

After the pursuit ended, it was determined that the vehicle he was driving had been stolen from the owner’s residence in Lampasas.

Hernandez was taken to Metroplex Hospital to be checked out medically after the use of the Taser, then was booked into the Lampasas County Jail on charges of felony evading in a motor vehicle, felony unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, and driving while license invalid with previous convictions.

Lampasas County Sheriff’s Department, Coryell County Sheriff’s Department and Killeen Police assisted in the pursuit and arrest.

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