(Photo by Rachel Cox)
KILLEEN (July 31, 2013)—Four teenagers were released to their parents Wednesday morning after leading officers on a brief chase in Long Branch Park in Killeen that ended when their car slammed into a building containing pool chemicals, causing a chlorine spill that required a hazardous materials response.
The chase started at around 7:30 a.m. after officers responded to a report of someone with a gun at the park off East Rancier Avenue.
The officers found the four teens hanging around a 2000 Ford Focus, but as they approached, the teens jumped in the car and sped off, police said.
The teenager at the wheel did some donuts and drove in circles on the grass, headed toward Lake Road and then drove back into the park where the car crashed into the building where the pool chemicals were stored.
The impact caused barrels of chlorine to spill into the car, police said.
The four teens ran, but police caught them and detained the 15-year-old boy who was driving the car as well as a 14-year-old boy and two girls, 13 and 16.
They were later released to their parents to receive precautionary medical treatment, police said.
Charges were pending Wednesday.
The Killeen Fire Department’s Hazmat Team was sent to the park, which was closed because of the spill and not expected to reopen until late morning.
Officers didn’t immediately find a gun.