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One suspect apprehended after police pursuit

Levelland police officers arrested one person Wednesday night after a pursuit ending with a vehicle crash in the 100 block of Avenue X.

At 8:40 p.m. that night, officers received information of a possible stolen vehicle traveling into Levelland, westbound on Highway 114.

“We confirmed it was a stolen vehicle and it was occupied by a driver and a passenger,” said Tammie McDonald, detective with the Levelland Police Department.

An officer initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle in the 1400 block of E. Highway 114. Upon activating emergency lights, the driver began to accelerate and flee officers.

The vehicle continued westbound through the intersection of Sherman Avenue and Highway 114, and the intersection of U.S. Highway 385 and Highway 114. 

Upon reaching Avenue T, the driver turned southbound off of the highway onto Avenue T. The vehicle quickly turned back west off Avenue T and onto the railroad tracks parallel to Highway 114. The vehicle continued to travel on the railroad tracks at a high rate of speed.

The vehicle then turned southwest through an empty field. The officer traveled parallel to the vehicle until it wrecked into an object in the field.

When the officer reached the vehicle, it was unoccupied and both the driver and passenger doors were open. Levelland police officers and Hockley County Sheriff’s Deputies began to set up a perimeter around the suspect vehicle’s location.

Deputy Troy Tillman located a suspect hiding behind a fence to the east of Avenue X. The suspect was identified as Jaden Alexander Johnson, 22, of Levelland.

Johnson admitted to being the passenger in the vehicle and admitted to fleeing the vehicle after the collision.
McDonald said the officers called the Department of Public Safety to utilize their helicopter to locate the driver of the stolen vehicle.

The owner of the vehicle was contacted and provided the information regarding the case.

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