Pursuit of suspected credit union robber up I-35 ends in crash, arrest

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BELTON, Texas (KWTX) A pursuit that started after the robbery of a Round Rock credit union ended in a crash and an arrest Thursday evening in Belton.

Brian Keith Powell, 54, of Tennessee Colony, was taken to the Bell County Jail, facing an evading arrest charge, Department of Public Safety Sgt. David Roberts said.

He was also named in an active parole warrant, Roberts said.

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

Round Rock police and the FBI are investigating the robbery of the Austin-Telco Federal Credit Union just after 5:20 p.m. Thursday.

The robber fled in a 2006 Dodge Charger, which police tried unsuccessfully to stop.

Officers ended their pursuit when the robber pulled onto northbound Interstate 35.

A DPS trooper spotted the Charger and attempted to pull it over just before 6 p.m. just north of Salado, but the driver sped off, Roberts said.

He exited the highway in Belton, but lost control of the car as he tried to turn left onto East Central Avenue, Roberts said.

The suspect’s car struck three other vehicles.

No one was injured.

The driver was taken into custody.

The East Central Avenue overpass was closed until 10 p.m. while investigators processed evidence.

Because it's a credit union robbery case, the FBI is now involved.

Further details weren’t immediately available.