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Man leads law enforcement on chase, crashes into SUV at Van Buren, Dallas intersection

When the truck the suspect was driving crashed, he ran from officers, but was caught and arrested.

SAN ANGELO, Texas — UPDATE (4:15 p.m. July 6): San Angelo Police have given more details on a vehicle chase that ended in a crash on Van Buren and Dallas streets, just after noon Wednesday.

The SAPD said the initial attempted a traffic stop on the pickup truck involved at approximately 12:13 p.m. Wednesday near the intersection of West 9th and Irving streets.

The driver, Shane Keele, 42, didn't stop and led officers on a slow-speed pursuit into San Angelo's north side. Keele kept driving and ended up outside city limits where the Tom Green County Sheriff's Office and Constable's Office helped with the pursuit.

Credit: San Angelo Police Department

The truck was seen intentionally hitting a marked sheriff's office vehicle, causing damages. He them came back into San Angelo, where he avoided the stop sticks used to try to stop him.

After crashing into an SUV, Kelle ran into the Houston Harte Expressway median, but was stopped and secured, the SAPD said.

The SUV driver and Keele were both taken to Shannon Medical Center for treatment. Kelle's passenger refused treatment and was released at the scene.

Kelle will be charged with evading arrest/detention with a motor vehicle; evading arrest/detention on foot; and a county warrant. He was also ticketed for disregarding a stop light; no insurance; and driving while license invalid.

The SAPD said more charges could be brought against Keele.

The Tom Green County Sheriff's Office is actively investigating the collision between Keele and the marked Sheriff's Office patrol vehicle.

ORIGINAL STORY: One person was injured in a crash caused by a man who was trying to avoid law enforcement in San Angelo Wednesday, just after noon. The crash ended at the intersection of North Van Buren and Dallas streets.

The chase started after officers tried to perform a routine traffic stop on a truck and the driver left the scene and started on an initially slow-speed pursuit throughout town, according to San Angelo Police Department Public Information Officer Richard Espinoza. 

Officers followed the truck through town and it ultimately ended up outside city limits in Tom Green County near Armstrong Street, he said. The driver ended up coming back into San Angelo where law enforcement attempted to use stop sticks multiple times at different intersections to try to stop the truck from continuing.

"The vehicle was able to avoid our stop sticks," Espinoza said. "We continued to pursue the vehicle through town with assistance from the Tom Green County Sheriff's Office as well as the Tom Green County Constable's Office."

The truck hit an SUV at the intersection of Van Buren and Dallas, sending the SUV into a yard between two traffic signals. 

Police identified the suspect only as a 42-year-old white male. He ran from officers after the crash, but was caught and detained. He was evaluated by emergency personnel at the scene.

His passenger had minor injuries and she was cleared by medics at the scene.

The driver of the SUV was taken to Shannon Medical Center by ambulance for treatment.

The SAPD's Criminal Investigations Unit was at the scene. Espinoza said the investigation is active and had no more information available. 

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