Man arrested for hit-and-run involving Fort Hood soldier

Posted at 1:15 PM, Sep 25, 2017

Killeen police have arrested a 32-year-old man in connection with the hit-and-run that involved a Fort Hood soldier. 

Chance Biels was taken into custody on Thursday without incident. He was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Police obtained footage of the incident from a neighbor, Bobby Hoops who had this to say about the arrest:

" I was notified by my wife on Friday Night that the assailant was arraigned and was finally in custody.  Now we as friends, family and as a community are grateful that justice will be done. Through our many prayers, the patients of all involved and the determination of all the neighbors to spearhead this investigation.  We can finally rest knowing that he is off the street.  We are glad that he was apprehended, is finally charged and now in jail.  He was allowed to roam free for too long after this violent attack. I was in Iraq fighting in a combat zone where I personally witnessed the violence and destruction by men, but this, this to me was a new kind of evil.  This was a terrible and violent attack in our community and we can't have people just running around after intentionally carrying out an act of violence as bad as this. We anxiously await his trial and will follow this through to the end in support of this family."

The hit-and-run happened in the 2600 block of Savage Drive on Saturday on Sept. 23. When police arrived on scene, they said they found only one vehicle with damage to the bumper, trunk and rear window. The victim was also being loaded into an ambulance.

"It could potentially have been a road rage incident. It does have all the elements of it," Commander Erich Morsbach said. "The victim apparently passed the suspect and at that point, he started following her at a high rate of speed."

Police said the victim was originally taken to Darnell Hospital then Baylor Scott and White. They don't know the severity of her injuries but said she is in stable condition.

Jim Autmon lives in the neighborhood and went outside to see what was going on when he heard all the commotion.

"I mean what's a life worth," Autmon said. "I didn't know her but I knew she came here to visit."

Autmon said the victim has made multiple trips to his neighborhood over the last five months to visit with her friends.

"I want to see the person caught and apprehended," Autmon said. "I want for her to have a good recovery because I don't know what that man was doing when he hit her and drove away."

Police will not be giving the name of the victim at the time. They said she is a female soldier at Fort Hood.

Fort Hood had no comment on the incident since it happened off-post. 

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