Crime

A 30-year-old man reportedly driving a stolen car was arrested Sunday morning after he led officers on a crash-laden pursuit from Harker Heights to Nolanville.

Omar Powell was taken into custody after the early morning pursuit ended near a ditch at the intersection of Interstate 14 and Paddy Hamilton Road in Nolanville, officials said.

Significant damage occurred during the pursuit — three residents’ vehicles were struck by the suspect’s vehicle, including one dragged after it became “bumper locked,” Maj. T.J. Cruz, a Bell County Sheriff’s Department spokesman, said.

Powell was spotted at 1:21 a.m. driving the stolen vehicle — from a burglary of a habitation — going 85 mph in a 60 mph zone on FM 2410 near Elf Trail, Cruz said.

When the driver refused to stop, the vehicle was pursued into Harker Heights, Cruz said.

The vehicle hit a parked vehicle before turning around onto eastbound I-14.

The vehicle went into a ditch near the intersection of Paddy Hamilton and I-14 before going through a fence.

Powell reportedly jumped out and ran. A perimeter was set up and he was found running across a field near FM 2410 and Levy Crossing. He was then captured.

No one was injured.

Powell was held Sunday at the Bell County Jail as charges are pending. A bond amount was not available.

Assisting in the chase were officers from Texas Department of Public Safety, Bell County Sheriff’s Department and Nolanville Police Department.