A vehicle pursuit that concluded with a crash on the downtown square Thursday morning has resulted in recovery of two stolen vehicles, multiple vehicle burglaries being cleared and three arrests, according to Sulphur Springs Police.
Arrested were Keaton Pierce Wilkerson, 17, and a male juvenile on evading arrest or detention in a vehicle and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle charges; and Qieshon Odell Flecker, 17, on a warrant for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle warrant, according to news release.
The incident started when the driver of a Hyundai Elantra failed to yield when Sulphur Springs Police officers attempted to a traffic stop on the car on College Street at Helm Lane at 8:39 a.m. May 7. The driver eluded officers with the car; the officer initiated a pursuit on College Street headed over the bridge toward the downtown area, according to police reports. Additional officers responded in the area upon hearing the pursuit approaching the downtown square.
The car crashed at the corner of Oak Avenue and College Street, where it struck a light pole and low brick wall around hedges. The driver, reportedly the juvenile, and passenger, identified in arrest reports as Keaton Pierce Wilkerson, reportedly fled on foot. Officers alleged taking Wilkerson “to the ground with the least amount of force necessary.” The driver was also reported to have been quickly apprehended by officers.
The dark colored car they abandoned after crashing, was later found to have been stolen from a residence in Sulphur Springs earlier May 7, according to Ricketson.
During the course of their investigation, an additional vehicle that had been reported stolen earlier in the week was recovered. Investigators also were able to clear vehicle burglary offenses reported earlier in the week in Sulphur Springs, according to police.
A warrant was also obtained for Flecker’s arrest on the unauthorized use of a motor vehicle charge. He was taken into custody at 1:39 p.m. May 7 at his residence, according to arrest reports.
Both Flecker and Wilkerson remained in Hopkins County jail Saturday, May 9, 2020. Bond was set at at $5,000 each on the felony UUMV charge. Wilkerson’s bond on the felony evading arrest charge was set at $10,000, according to jail reports.
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