Central Texas man arrested after wild chase named in 6-count indictment

Christopher Sorel (inset).  (Jail photo/photo by Ryan Edwards)
Christopher Sorel (inset). (Jail photo/photo by Ryan Edwards)(KWTX)
Published: May. 22, 2019 at 5:14 PM CDT
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A man who’s accused of stealing an unmarked police unit from a local car wash on March 19, stopping briefly to menace a homeowner with an axe, leading officers on a chase that ended in a crash, and then stealing an SUV from a nearby business and leading officers on a second chase that also ended in a crash was named in a six-count indictment Wednesday.

The indictment against Christopher Sorel, 32 of Waco, charges aggravated assault, impersonating a public servant, theft over $2,500, but under $30,000, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, evading arrest with a vehicle and assault on a public servant.

The Waco Police Department’s unmarked Dodge Charger was stolen after it was dropped off in the afternoon on March 19 at the Valley Mils Car Wash at North Valley Mills Drive and Cobbs Drive.

A man approached an employee, said he had to leave, jumped into the unit and sped off on Valley Mills, turning off on Rambler Drive, police said.

In the 1500 block of Rambler the man stopped, turned on the emergency lights and got out wearing a bulletproof vest and a hockey mask and wielding an axe with which he threatened a homeowner before getting back into the unit and heading toward Woodway.

Authorities don’t think the man knew the homeowner, police said.

Police spotted the speeding car and attempted to pull it over, but the man again turned on the emergency lights and pulled onto State Highway 6 with Waco and Woodway officers and Department of Public Safety troopers in pursuit.

The chase ended when the Charger crashed at Highway 6 and McLaughlin Road.

The man ran and ended up at a nearby business from which he stole an SUV and sped off toward the China Spring area with officers, troopers and McLennan County deputies in pursuit.

The chase also ended in a crash, this time at Flatrock Road and Pioneer Parkway where the man was taken into custody.

Sorel was jailed in lieu of bonds totaling $95,000.

His name did not appear on the McLennan County Jail’s online roster on Wednesday.

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