Killeen Man Faces Several Charges After High Speed Nolanville Police Chase
A Killeen man remained in the Bell County Jail Monday after police say he led them on a high speed chase through Nolanville Saturday and almost ran over an officer.
Records show that 29-year-old Johnny Rivera-Guzman was booked into the Bell County Jail at 5 PM Saturday, October 31. Three unspecified third degree felony charges were listed, along with a charge of driving while intoxicated and a charge of fleeing from an officer and causing imminent danger.
Rivera-Guzman remained in the jail Monday afternoon with bonds totaling $1,750.
Alex Gibbs with our partners at News 10 cites a police report in which officers responded to calls about a reckless driver in the 200 block of East Avenue H in Nolanville Saturday morning.
An officer en route to the location spotted a silver SUV matching the description of the reckless driver's vehicle and began following it. After seeing the driver (who the report identifies as Rivera-Guzman) continue to drive recklessly, the officer activated his vehicle's lights and the driver of the SUV sped away.
Officers with the Harker Heights Police Department and the Texas Department of Public Safety joined the chase, during which Rivera-Guzman is alleged to have almost hit an officer with his vehicle. Rivera-Guzman reportedly slowed as if intended to stop several times, but sped away each time, prompting another chase.
The pursuit came to an end in the 200 block of North Main Street after state troopers deployed spike strips.
Rivera-Guzman was initially taken to a hospital for evaluation before being booked into jail.
Driving around like a madman while (allegedly) intoxicated is always a dumb thing to do, but I'm disturbed by the fact that this played out on a holiday on which kids are likely to be running around. I'm just relieved no one got hurt.