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Teenager Charged After Chase In Which Local Officer Was Injured

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

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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