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June 26, 2014

POLICE BEAT: Chase leads to arrest, charges

Traffic, drug-related charges filed on man


A police chase June 22, after an alleged hit-and-run accident, led to a Mineral Wells man’s arrest on charges of evading arrest and driving while intoxicated.

Richard Russell Harrison Jr., 49, of Mineral Wells, was arrested and charged with evading arrest and detention with a motor vehicle and driving while intoxicated (third or more). He was released June 23 from Palo Pinto County Jail on bonds totaling $60,000 for both charges.

Harrison, reportedly driving a 2005 gray Dodge Neon, was heading west along U.S. Highway 180 and, after allegedly failing to stop at a red light in the 3700 block of the highway, collided into the rear end of a white GMC Sierra C1500 stopped at the light, according to a Mineral Wells police accident report.

Harrison then reportedly continued driving, the report states.

No one was injured in the wreck, according to the report.

After the collision, Harrison allegedly fled the scene and a police officer responding to the hit-and-run call, learned from dispatch Harrison’s Neon was heading east on N.E. 2nd Street toward an apartment complex, according to a police narrative. The police officer, traveling west on N.E. 2nd Street, saw the Neon turn south onto N.E. 27th Avenue.

The narrative states the officer had turned on his overhead lights and siren, pursued the Neon, and caught up to the car while it was stopped at a stop sign at N.E. 27th Avenue and U.S. 180 East.

The narrative states Harrison then turned right toward an apartment complex in the 2500 block of East Hubbard Street without stopping.

A second officer, who had been investigating the earlier wreck, had also joined in the pursuit, according to the narrative.

Police chased Harrison in his Neon through the apartment complex’s parking lot until Harrison stopped and reportedly parked outside of his apartment, the narrative states. The two officers reportedly left their patrol cars and asked Harrison to show them his hands.

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