High-speed pursuit through Gillespie and Blanco County ends in four arrests

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GILLESPIE COUNTY – A high-speed pursuit ending in Blanco County on Friday resulted in four arrests by the Gillespie County Sheriff’s Office.

The incident occurred on August 16 at around 12:38 a.m. when a GCSO deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop in the 1000 block of Friendship Lane on a vehicle for a traffic violation.

GCSO stated that when the deputy turned around to pull the vehicle over, the driver immediately sped up and began to drive recklessly, turning onto US Highway 290 East.

When the pursuit began, other deputies became involved and the vehicle started reaching speeds of over 100 miles per hour, said officials.

GCSO detailed that the driver drove on the wrong side of the highway without headlights as the pursuit headed eastbound on US Highway 290 through Stonewall and then into Blanco County.

The Blanco County Sheriff’s Office, Johnson City Police Department, and the Blanco Police Department joined in the pursuit as the vehicle entered Johnson City.

Spike strips were deployed by a Blanco County deputy which successfully deflated the suspect vehicle’s tires.

GCSO added that the vehicle continued down US Highway 281 before turning onto a side street and wrecking.

The four male occupants of the vehicle reportedly fled on foot but were eventually located and detained.

GCSO learned that the vehicle had been reported stolen to the Travis County Sheriff’s Office.

All four suspects, who ranged in ages from 22-28, were charged with Theft >= $2,500 < $30,000 and Evading Arrest or Detention.

The men were taken to the Gillespie County Jail.

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