16-year-old leads police on car chase through Levelland cemetery

16-year-old leads police on car chase through Levelland cemetery

Provided by The Levelland and Hockley County News-Press

A 16-year-old Levelland teen was injured last Tuesday morning after he crashed a pickup truck while fleeing from police.

A city officer attempted to stop the teen in the early morning hours for driving without headlights in the vicinity of Scooters Convenience Store. The teen fled in his vehicle and traveled north down Ave. H and then turning west on 17th Street and crashed into a fence at the City of Levelland Cemetery.

He knocked over several grave stones and damaged flower containers before exiting the cemetery.

Three City Police units and Two Sheriff's Department Vehicles were in pursuit of the vehicle at the time. The pursuit ended when the teen's 2013 Nissan Pickup went airborne at the railroad crossing at Ave. H and Hwy 114. The teen then fled from officers on foot and ran into the backyard of a residence on Jackson Street. A man who was outside saw the juvenile flee and held him until police arrived.

The teen reportedly told residents in the home that he had been mugged by 3 individuals in the City Park demanding money. Officers arrived a short time later and took the teen into custody. He was taken to the hospital and treated for minor injuries.

According to Levelland Police Chief Toney Cowan he has been charged with evading arrest thus far and could face additional charges.