Dec 31 2008
Five people were injured in a five-car accident shortly after 5 p.m. Wednesday at the intersection of Grape Street and Ambler Avenue that involved two stolen cars and a high-speed pursuit.
The incident is still being investigated, said Trooper Sparky Dean, Department of Public Safety spokesman.
The pursuit began on State Highway 351 near Albany when DPS Trooper Javier Perez attempted to pull over a Buick for driving recklessly, Dean said.
The Buick, traveling at “an extremely high rate of speed,” was later discovered to be stolen out of Moran, Dean said. The Abilene Police Department assisted and attempted to set up spikes, said APD Lt. Joe Tauer.
The DPS was unable to get in front of the Buick and was far enough behind that drivers of the other vehicles involved may not have been able to see or hear the sirens, Dean said.
The Buick never slowed down, Dean said. It hit a Lincoln sedan, also a stolen vehicle, which then set off a chain reaction involving three other vehicles, Tauer said. It was not clear how fast the Buick was traveling, though Dean said the speed was extremely high. By 6:30 p.m., troopers were still taking measurements and trying to determine the speed.
Tauer said none of the five people who were transported to the hospital had life-threatening injuries.
The driver of the Buick, a woman, will face charges after she is treated, Tauer said, adding that it is likely that the driver of the stolen Lincoln could also face charges. Names of those involved in the crash were not immediately available.