(Photo by Ben Griffin)
KILLEEN (December 11, 2013) A man wanted in the theft $100 worth of merchandise last month from the Killeen Walmart store who ended up in a local hospital after his car crashed into an SUV, injuring two others, as he tried to elude officers, was jailed Wednesday in lieu of bonds totaling $55,000.
Ronnie Lee Tanner was arrested Tuesday on a warrant charging theft and was also charged with evading arrest in a motor vehicle.
The crash happened at around 2:50 p.m. Nov. 25 at the intersection of East Central Texas Expressway and West Trimmier Road not far from Clifton Park Elementary School after the man wanted in the Walmart theft lost control of his car, which struck a City of Killeen dump truck and a Ford Escape in which the two injured people were riding.
The two people in the SUV were taken Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center where they were treated and then later released.
Tanner was taken to Darnall and was later transferred to Scott & White Hospital in Temple.
The dump truck driver wasn’t ‘hurt.
Police initially said the crash happened following a high-speed pursuit on U.S. Highway 190 that started after officers spotted the theft suspect in the area of the 2500 block of W. S. Young Drive.
But police later said the officers, who were using lights and sirens, were not directly behind the fleeing suspect at the time of the crash, but said another police officer had blocked traffic near the intersection with his patrol unit.