LAMPASAS, Texas (KWTX) A disturbance call very early Thursday morning resulted in a high-speed chase and eventually into a confrontation that required an officer to use his stun gun to gain control.
Lampasas police Lt. Chuck Montgomery, in a news release Thursday, told News 10 at 2:16 a.m. Thursday Officer Larry Wilson, a patrol officer, was first to arrive on the scene in the 1700 block of S. Key Ave., where he’d been dispatched to a disturbance.
Upon arrival, the officer made contact with a male subject identified as Nick Cortez Hernandez, a 53-year-old resident of Lampasas,” the news release reads.
It goes on to say when officers confronted Hernandez, he refused their instructions and got into a 2018 Chevrolet Silverado pick-up truck and fled from the scene “at a high rate of speed, and Officer Wilson pursued this vehicle for approximately 31 miles.”
The pursuit ended in Killeen on Highway 190/Interstate 14 at the off ramp to Knight’s Way, where Montgomery says Hernandez abruptly stopped the vehicle to avoid hitting tire deflation devices that were deployed by Killeen Police Department.
After stopping Hernandez continued to resist arrest and to be uncooperative, which required Wilson to use his stun gun to place the man under arrest.
The investigation after the stop showed the truck Hernandez was driving had been was stolen from the owner’s residence in Lampasas.
After he was discharged from Killeen’s AdventHealth Central Texas hospital he was taken back to Lampasas where he was booked into the county jail, charged with evading in a motor vehicle a 3rd degree felony, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, a state jail felony, and driving while license invalid with previous convictions, a class B misdemeanor, jail records show.
As of Thursday morning, a jail official said they were still waiting to process Hernandez.
Lampasas County Sheriff’s Department, Coryell County Sheriff’s Department, and Killeen Police Department assisted Lampasas Police Department with this pursuit and arrest.
“We appreciate these agencies for assisting our department with a safe resolution to incident,” Montgomery said.