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Central Texas deputy injured during pursuit released from hospital

An image from the deputy's dashboard camera that shows the vehicle before the driver sped off.
An image from the deputy's dashboard camera that shows the vehicle before the driver sped off.(Coryell County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Nov. 19, 2020 at 2:42 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 19, 2020 at 4:52 PM CST
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GATESVILLE, Texas (KWTX) – A Coryell County sheriff’s deputy injured in a crash while pursuing a driver who fled from a traffic stop was released from the hospital Thursday.

The deputy, whose name wasn’t released Thursday, pulled a driver over just after 7 p.m. Wednesday in the area of FM 116 near Bald Knob Road in Gatesville.

Initially the driver failed to stop and headed west on Bald Knob with the deputy in pursuit with lights and siren activated, authorities said.

Then the driver stopped abruptly, started to get out of his pickup, and then got back in.

“The deputy gave multiple verbal instructions to the driver to exit the vehicle, with which the driver failed to comply as he continually partially exited and then re-entered the vehicle,” the sheriff’s office said in a press release Thursday.

The driver re-entered the vehicle for a final time, and then sped off to the west on Bald Knob with the deputy in pursuit.

During the chase the deputy lost control of his vehicle because of road conditions.

The vehicle left the roadway in a curve and came to rest in a creek bed on the south side of the road.

The deputy wasn’t seriously hurt, but will be off duty for several days as he recovers.

The driver remains at large.

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