High-Speed Chase Ends Along Central Texas Highway

Bobby L. Keene (Jail photo)
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BELLMEAD (March 4, 2014) Sheriff's deputies and state troopers used spike strips and ultimately a tactic called a pit maneuver to stop a fleeing driver Tuesday afternoon east of Bellmead and then had to shoot the man with a beanbag after a stun gun failed to bring him under control.

Chief McLennan County Deputy Matt Cawthon said county units, along with deputies from Navarro County, were involved in the high-speed chase that started after the driver fled following a traffic stop near Corsicana.

Department of Public Safety troopers used spike strips on State Highway 31 at Pleasant Hill Drive to try to disable the fleeing vehicle, but the pickup continued to speed away.

Authorities finally used a pit maneuver, in which a patrol car clips the rear bumper of a vehicle, causing it to spin, to stop the truck at U.S. 84 and Selby Lane, just east of Bellmead, DPS Trooper D.L. Wilson said.

Cawthon said deputies first used a stun gun to try to subdue the driver, but eventually were forced to use non-lethal beanbags fired from a shotgun to bring the man under control.

The chase started after a Navarro County deputy pulled the man over because the driver’s side window of the truck was shattered.

As the deputy approached the truck, the man sped off, Wilson said.

The chase reached speeds of more than 100 miles per hour, Wilson said.

Authorities arrested Bobby L. Keene, 43, of Frankston.

He was taken to the McLennan County Jail and faces charges of evading arrest in a vehicle, resisting arrest and aggravated assault on a public servant because a knife was pulled on deputies during the arrest.