Pursuit ends in crash, sending 2 to local hospitals; 1 man arrested

Published: Feb. 21, 2019 at 7:11 PM CST
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State troopers arrested a Central Texas man following a law enforcement chase that started when a driver sped off from an attempted traffic stop in Coryell County and ended in a crash that sent the driver and passenger to local hospitals, one with serious injuries.

Department of Public Safety troopers were advised at around 2 p.m. Thursday that a Coryell County sheriff’s deputy was chasing a vehicle on State Highway 36 whose driver would not pull over, DPS Sgt. David Roberts said.

The driver of the 2008 Nissan Altima headed east, took some side roads, returned to Highway 36 and then turned south on FM 1114.

The chase ended just after 2:15 p.m. Thursday when the car struck a utility pole just north of County Road 356 in the area of The Grove.

The driver, whom Roberts identified as James Kelly, 53, of Clifton was taken by ambulance to Coryell Memorial Hospital with non-incapacitating injuries.

He was arrested after he was released from the hospital and was taken to the Coryell County Jail, facing charges of evading arrest, possession of a controlled substance and reckless driving, Roberts said.

His name did not appear Friday morning on the jail’s online roster.

The passenger, who was identified as Shannon Newman, 50, of Clyde, was taken to Scott & White Medical Center in Temple with what Roberts said were incapacitating injuries.

The incident is under investigation.