Area officers pursue stolen pickup; chase ends in crash, driver jailed

Chase Thornal. (Jail photo)

BELTON, Texas (KWTX) Chase Thornal, 24, of Temple, was in the Bell County Jail Friday evening facing evading arrest and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle charges in connection with the theft of a pickup truck and a 20-minute chase that ended in a crash.

Thornal was arrested after a pursuit that started just after 11 a.m. when a Department of Public Safety trooper attempted to stop a 1994 Dodge pickup truck on Loop 121 in Belton, DPS Sgt. David Roberts said.

The driver of the pickup, which had been reported stolen earlier in Temple, led the trooper and other law enforcement officers on a chase “down various roadways and streets,” Roberts said.

The chase ended when the truck crashed at the intersection of Woodland Trail and FM 2305 in Belton.

The driver tried to escape on foot, but was captured, Roberts said.

Thornal was taken to Scott & White Medical Center by ambulance after he was released was taken to the Bell County Jail, Roberts said.