Teenager in stolen car leads local officers on chase, foot pursuit

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KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) A teenager in a stolen car with five teenage passengers led officers on a chase and then a brief foot pursuit Tuesday through a Killeen neighborhood before he was arrested.

During the chase the four female passengers were laughing and waving at police, an officer at the scene said.

The chase started after the stolen 2005 Toyota Corolla was spotted at Ellison High School as the driver headed to a business across the street from the school.

Officers in unmarked units tried unsuccessfully to pull the driver over just after 11:45 a.m. at Trimmier Drive and Weiss Drive just north of the school.

Officers pursued the vehicle through the Turtle Bend area, and up and down Florence Road.

The car hit something on Florence that deflated the Toyota’s front tires and the car eventually came to a stop near the corner of Toledo Drive and Cantabrian Drive.

Authorities initially said spike strips were deployed, but police later said they weren't.

The teenage driver and a second male teenager both got out, and ran.

The driver jumped a fence, but officers were able to catch up with him.

The other teenager escaped, however.

The four female passengers also jumped out and were detained.

They were turned over either to their parents or to Killeen ISD campus police, authorities said.

Police say the owner of the stolen car left the keys in the vehicle.