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Driver of stolen vehicle struck patrol cars, fence before losing control and wrecking out

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Posted at 10:27 AM, Oct 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-08 16:03:21-04

A man was taken into custody Friday afternoon after police said he stole a vehicle and crashed it in a neighboring town. 

The Limestone County Sheriff's Office said the incident happened near Lake Mexia, where it was reported a man had taken a truck. 

Officials said the truck was tracked to West U.S. 84 and then Bellmead before it turned on northbound Interstate 35. 

A Limestone County deputy was in pursuit of a stolen Oncor bucket truck on I-35 in Bellmead at 4:21 p.m. Another deputy tried to set up spike strips on the highway. 

The truck crashed into a steel gate at the fireworks stand off FM 308. The Limestone County deputy pulled up behind the truck, but the driver, Austin Linder, put the truck in reverse and slammed into the deputy's vehicle. 

He then slammed into the deputy's car again, committing the offense, aggravated assault against a public servant.

Linder tried to slam into another deputy's car, but the deputy reversed out of way and continued following him. Linder then drove away and met a Department of Public Safety trooper. The deputy and trooper then continued together on the pursuit. 

Linder jumped back on the median on FM 308 and headed towards Gholson Rd. He continued down the road and then lost control of the vehicle and rolled over striking another vehicle on FM 308 and Old Dallas Rd. 

Linder was taken into custody and the vehicle was then confirmed stolen out of Limestone County.

No injuries were reported. 

Linder was charged with aggravated assault against a public servant, evading arrest or detention with a motor vehicle and theft of over $30,000 but under $150,000.

He was then transported to McLennan County Jail. His bond is set at $95,000. 

The McLennan County Sheriff's Office, Texas Department of Public Safety, Mexia police and Lacy Lakeview police all assisted. 

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