Police: Man arrested after escaping police, speeding in residential area | criminality

A 17-year-old man was taken into custody after a police chase early Tuesday morning.

Jaylin Bridges was arrested on Wednesday for escaping a police officer with a vehicle, which is a third degree felony.

At approximately 3:44 a.m. Tuesday, Harker Heights police were dispatched to a residential area near the 900 block of Maple Drive in reference to a man seen trying to enter parked vehicles.

There were also statements that the man was being followed by another car, according to the affidavit.

Police arrived at the scene and saw a parked vehicle with its engine running. Officers watched the vehicle turn onto Wildewood Drive, then onto Rosewood Drive again before pulling to the side of the roadway near a cluster of parked vehicles, the affidavit said. Bridges was later identified as the driver of the vehicle.

At 3:49 p.m., the officer present turned on the lights in an attempt to hold the vehicle and noticed that it was a man sitting in the driver’s seat.

The bridges went and refused to stop, driving at 80 miles per hour in a residential area, which is usually a 30 mph speed zone. The vehicle turned onto Shoshoni Trail and was abandoned with the driver’s side door open and the keys still in the ignition, according to an affidavit. Officers determined the vehicle was recently stolen and inspected the area.

At 3:54 a.m., other responding officers spotted Bridges running down Shoshoni Trail and identified themselves as police officers before proceeding on foot, according to the affidavit.

They found Bridges hiding behind an outdoor grill. He was sweating and fell ill from “running too fast”, but refused to receive medical attention, according to the affidavit.

Bridges gave a taped interview where he said he was in the vehicle with two other men named “D” and “Damarius”. He said he didn’t know the vehicle was stolen but confirmed he was the driver, according to the affidavit.

He said he only fled because he “didn’t want to be caught alone in the vehicle”, the affidavit states. The affidavit noted that he also referred to Damarius as Demetrius, but later corrected himself.

Several hours later, officers received a phone call from a woman who claimed she had destroyed her vehicle and said she had spent the past few hours walking to her home in Temple. Police confirmed the woman was Bridges’ neighbor, according to the affidavit. The woman’s father then called the station and told police she was lying.

Officers questioned the woman further and she admitted she was with the subject at the time of the reported sighting, knew the vehicle was stolen and took Bridges from the vehicle, according to the affidavit.

When Bridges was asked about his neighbor, he explained that his neighbor “looked like a guy” and was the man he called “D”, according to the affidavit.

Bridges was arrested on Wednesday for escaping a police officer with a vehicle. Justice of the Peace Gregory Johnson set bail at $20,000.