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Clifton Police investigating after pursuit ends with abandoned, burned car found

Posted at 10:17 AM, Jun 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-13 11:17:31-04

CLIFTON, TX — Clifton Police are investigating after a pursuit Friday morning ended with officers finding a burned, abandoned vehicle.

At approximately 3AM Friday morning, an officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop of a white SUV that was speeding through Clifton on Hwy 6.

The driver of the vehicle refused to stop and a pursuit was initiated, according to police.

Bosque County Deputies joined the pursuit as it continued northbound on Hwy 6 to Meridian, turning on West Hwy 22.

Officers lost sight of the vehicle and the pursuit was terminated just east of Cranfills Gap, near CR 4100.

At approximately 4PM, Clifton PD was notified that a landowner on CR 4100 had located a vehicle which had crashed in a wooded area and burned.

Officers say they arrived at the scene and conducted a search of the area where they located a glass pipe commonly used to smoke meth inside the vehicle.

Due to the fire, the license plate and the VIN plates were destroyed, according to police.

Officers were eventually able to access the engine compartment and locate a VIN number stamped in the firewall of the engine compartment. Using this VIN number, officers were able to determine the vehicle was rented and had not been returned at the end of the rental agreement.

Clifton Police was later notified that the same vehicle was involved in a pursuit earlier in the evening in McLennan County with Waco PD, Baylor PD and McLennan County S.O. units pursuing.

Clifton Police say the investigation continues.