Michael Eugene Hullinger (Jail photo)
COPPERAS COVE (May 9, 2012)—Michael Eugene Hullinger, 57, of Copperas Cove, turned himself in to Cove police Wednesday, five days after what authorities described as a low-speed chase that ended in a crash that left a motorcyclist critically injured.
An arrest warrant was issued on May 4, the same day as the crash, charging Hullinger with evading arrest or detention using a vehicle.
After the crash, Hulllinger was taken to Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center with what police described as “a medical condition directly related to the incident.”
He surrendered Wednesday morning and was released after posting a $5,00 personal recognizance bond.
The chase started at around 4:30 p.m. May 4 after a Cove police officer attempted to pull over a 1999 Ford Contour in the 400 block of Veterans Avenue for several traffic violations.
The driver refused to stop and led the officer from Veterans Avenue to Robertson Avenue and then onto East Highway 190 where the Ford slammed into the eastbound motorcycle, which was stopped at a red light at an intersection along with other vehicles, police said.
The 46-year-old motorcyclist was taken to Scott & White Hospital in Temple in critical condition after the crash.
He’s now in stable condition, police said Wednesday.
The collision between the car and motorcycle triggered a chain-reaction crash involving a half-dozen vehicles, police said.
Four other people were taken to hospitals with injuries police said were not life threatening.
“The operator never slowed down and was traveling at about 45 miles per hour when he struck a stopped eastbound motorcyclist from behind,” police said in a press release issued after the crash.
After hitting the motorcycle, the Ford continued to head toward the intersection, causing the chain-reaction crash involving four other vehicles, police said.
A passerby took a picture of police detaining a man at the scene of the accident who police confirmed Wednesday was Hullinger.