Local Man Arrested After High-Speed Chase Remains Jailed

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KILLEEN (January 10, 2014) A man arrested after an hour-long high-speed chase involving officers from 11 area agencies was identified Friday as Richard Glenn Turnbo, 53, of Killeen, Bell County Chief Sheriff's Deputy Chuck Cox said.

Richard Glenn Turnbo (Jail photo)

Turnbo was held Friday in the Bell County Jail facing an as yet unspecified charge in connection with the chase, online records showed.

He was also ordered held on bonds totaling $3,000 on a possession of marijuana charge and without bond on previous charges for theft of property more than $1,500 but less than $20,000 and possession of a controlled substance.

The pursuit started after Killeen police stopped a red 1995 Ford Thunderbird at around 12:50 p.m. Thursday at the eastbound U.S. Highway 190 overpass at Stan Schlueter Loop.

As an officer walked up to the vehicle car, the driver sped off, police spokeswoman Carroll Smith said.

The man led officers east on U.S. 190, and then through Harker Heights, Nolanville, Belton, Temple and rural parts of Bell County before entering Coryell County.

Smith said officers from Harker Heights, Nolanville and Temple, along with Bell and Coryell County deputies, Department of Public Safety troopers, game wardens from Texas Parks and Wildlife and deputies U.S. Marshals assisted in the pursuit.

Officers first attempted to stop the fleeing driver using spike strips, but the man was able to avoid them.

A DPS trooper fired his shotgun at the fleeing car and was able to shoot out one of the rear tires along Highway 36, but the car did not stop.

Eventually the man turned onto Farm-to-Market Road 184 just west of Lake Belton off State Highway 36 and sped onto East Range Road on North Fort Hood.

A trooper again fired shots at the car’s rear tires and this time the driver finally slowed to a stop.

No one was injured by the gunfire.

The driver finally was taken into custody at 1:42 p.m., almost an hour after the chase began.

He was taken by ambulance to Metroplex Hospital, in Killeen for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, Smith said.

Turnbo was wanted on warrants issued in Bell and Travis counties, Smith said.

Officers found three firearms and narcotics in a search of the vehicle.

Fort Hood’s Provost Marshal’s Office also assisted once the chase crossed the post boundary, Smith said.