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UPDATE: Burglary suspect whose chase caused officer wreck arrested


UPDATE: Police have arrested a 33-year-old Temple man accused of burglarizing a building, then leading police on a chase, which caused a wreck Monday morning, in which an officer and two others were injured.

Aaron Syma has been charged with burglary of a building and evading arrest in a vehicle. The case was presented to the Bell County District Attorney's Office.

Syma was found at the Knights Inn in Temple. about 2:15 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.

An officer and two others were transported to a local hospital after being involved in an early morning accident Monday, as the officer was on his way to help chase a burglary suspect.

About 3:15 a.m. Monday, Temple PD got a report of the burglary alarm going off at S&C Convenience Store on S. 31st St. Responding officers saw a small, black 2-door car leaving the parking area. Officers tried to pull over the car, but the driver fled away from police.

The driver headed west on Avenue M, and officers pursued the car. The driver turned onto S. 57th St., then north on General Bruce Dr., before making a U-turn under I-35, and heading onto the southbound side of the interstate.

An officer was heading south on General Bruce Dr. to help with the pursuit, when a black Volkswagen drove in front of the officer at the S.W. HK Dodgen Loop intersection. The officer was unable to avoid the vehicle, and the two cars collided at the intersection. A small fire started in the police car, but the flames were quickly put out.

The officer and two occupants of the Volkswagen were transported to Scott & White Hospital. Officer Carmen DeCruz, a 3-year veteran at Temple PD, received treatment for non life-threatening injuries. The two in the Volkswagen also had non life-threatening injuries.

Temple PD's Traffic Unit is investigating the crash.

Officers stopped pursuing the burglary suspect's car, which was last seen exiting I-35 at 6th St. in Belton. Temple PD is also investigating the burglary at S&C Convenience Store. They are asking anyone with information about the burglary to call the Temple Police Department at (254) 298-5500.
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