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Teenager Charged After Chase In Which Local Officer Was Injured

A local police officer injured when his patrol car was struck during a police pursuit has been released from the hospital, but the teenager arrested after the chase remains jailed in lieu of $100,000 bond.

The chase ended when the stolen car police were pursuing crashed. (File)

KILLEEN (February 4, 2013)--A Killeen police officer who was hospitalized after he suffered head injuries when a stolen car other officers were chasing struck his patrol unit has been released from the hospital, but the teenage driver arrested after the chase remained jailed Monday in lieu of $100,000 bond.

The injured officer, whose name was not available, has been released from Scott & White Hospital in Temple and is doing well, police said Monday.

Meanwhile Charles Raul Torres, 19, remained in the Bell County Jail Monday, charged with evading arrest or detention with a motor vehicle used as a deadly weapon.

The chase started at around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday after an officer spotted a stolen Hyundai Azera in the 200 block of North W.S. Young.

When the officer attempted to stop the car, the driver sped off and led officers on a chase through a neighborhood north of Rancier Avenue and onto Cole Avenue where the Hyundai struck the patrol unit.

The chase ended a short time later when the stolen car crashed in the 1500 block of Duncan.

The passenger remained in the car, but the driver tried to run.

He was captured about a block from the crash.

The 32-year-old passenger was detained on misdemeanor warrants, but was later released, police said Monday.


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