Local Police Officer Injured During High-Speed Chase

Jeffrey Luther Care (Jail photo)
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SALADO (November 7, 2013) A local man remained in jail Thursday after a Salado police officer was injured when he tried to take a suspect into custody following a high-speed chase.

The Salado officer, whose name was not released, was taken to Scott & White Hospital for treatment of minor injuries, but has since been released for duty, Salado police Chief Jack Hensley said Thursday.

Bell County Sheriff's Lt. Donnie Adams said the chase started after Salado police began following the motorist at around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Adams said the chase began after an attempted traffic stop in Salado and the suspect vehicle fled west on Farm-to-Market 2484.

The fleeing driver led police from Salado on FM 2484 to FM 1670 and on to U.S. Highway 190 where he turned east toward Belton.

In Belton the driver got onto southbound Interstate 35 headed back toward Salado.

On FM 2484 a Department of Public Safety trooper deployed spike strips, which deflated the vehicle’s tires.

The vehicle finally stopped along FM 2484 at Cedar Knob Road, Adams said.

A Salado Police Officer was injured when he attempted to take the driver in to custody.

Bell County Sheriff's deputies arrested Jeffrey Luther Care, 20, who shows a Salado address.

Care was held on an unknown offense Thursday in the Bell County Jail, online records showed.

No bond has been set.

The Bell County District Attorney's Office said it will charge Care with evading arrest with a motor vehicle.