Man arrested following high speed chase through area counties identified
Richard Glenn Turnbo
BELL COUNTY, TX (KXXV) -
Authorities have taken a man into custody following a high speed chase that lasted about 45 minutes and reached speeds of 100 mph as it went through Bell County and Coryell County Thursday afternoon. Authorities have identified the man as 53-year-old Richard Glenn Turnbo of Killeen.
Turnbo faces charges of theft of property under $20,000, possession of a controlled substance under 200 grams, and possession of marijuana under two grams. He also faces additional unspecified charges that are being screened by the Bell County District Attorney's Office regarding the high speed chase on Thursday.
According to Lt. Donnie Adams with the Bell County Sheriff’s Department, the Bell County Organized Crime Task Force was trying to find and arrest Turnbo on outstanding narcotics warrants from Bell County and a warrant out of Travis County.
Killeen officers found the 53-year-old man and stopped a red 1995 Ford Thunderbird he was driving, according to Carroll Smith with Killeen PD. The car was stopped on the eastbound Hwy 190 overpass at Stan Schlueter, just before 12:50 p.m. The wanted Killeen man sped off toward Harker Heights as the officer approached his car, and officers chased after him.
The pursuit went through Harker Heights, Nolanville, Bell County, Belton and Temple. Officers with each police department helped KPD during the pursuit. Police say the suspect reached speeds of 100 mph. According to Smith, a DPS Trooper joined in the pursuit at 1:10 p.m. and became the lead officer in the pursuit as it continued through Belton and into Temple.
Officers had dealt with Turnbo before and say he was known to be armed and have narcotics with him. Police say Turnbo made some suspicious movements, and officers had reason to believe he had a gun inside his car. The trooper shot out a rear tire while he was on Hwy 36, but the suspect continued to flee.
Turnbo turned southbound onto FM 184 and then onto East Range Rd. on Fort Hood. Harpin Myers, a senior trooper with DPS, says the pursuit ended after a DPS Trooper fired two shotgun rounds at the fleeing car. The trooper shot out the other rear tire and authorities were then able to take Turnbo into custody on East Range Rd. The trooper made sure the area was clear and that no one was in harms way when the shots were fired. Officers recovered three guns and narcotics inside the Turnbo's car.
Myers also says Turnbo injured his shoulder, but how it was injured and the extent of the injury is unknown at this time. He was taken into custody at 1:42 p.m. and later taken to Metroplex Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Officers with Killeen PD, Harker Heights PD, Nolanville PD, Belton PD, Temple PD, the Department of Public Safety, the Bell County Sheriff’s Department, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, the Coryell County Sheriff’s Office, the Fort Hood Provost Marshals Office, and the U.S. Marshall’s Office, worked together during the pursuit to make sure it ended safely.