Car chase and foot pursuit take place at downtown square

  • SSPD officer Jamieson Hawkins, city manager Marc Maxwell and airport/tourism director Joey Baker survey the damage from an early morning car chase at the Square
    SSPD officer Jamieson Hawkins, city manager Marc Maxwell and airport/tourism director Joey Baker survey the damage from an early morning car chase at the Square
  • The car crashed into a planter box, streetlight and stop sign at the intersections of College, Oak and Main streets.
    The car crashed into a planter box, streetlight and stop sign at the intersections of College, Oak and Main streets.
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UPDATED 3:30 p.m.- An alleged car chase and foot pursuit took place at the downtown square in Sulphur Springs at approximately 8:40 a.m. this morning, according to eyewitnesses. 

At 8:39 a.m., SSPD attempted to stop a black Hyundai sedan for a traffic violation at College Street, according to a release by SSPD. The vehicle then fled the scene, the release said. A pursuit began near College Street and continued towards the square, eyewitnesses said. 

The pursuit continued past the northeast side of the square with its passenger door open, witnesses said, before ending as it crashed into a light pole on the corner of Oak Avenue and College Streets. 

The light pole and planter box sustained damage, according to city manager Marc Maxwell. 

At approximately 8:45 a.m., a short foot chase ensued on the square, at which point all three occupants of the vehicle were taken into custody, according to 911 communications. Two of the vehicle's occupants we booked into jail, the SSPD release said. 

Hopkins County Sheriff's Office, Sulphur Springs Police, Sulphur Springs Fire Department, and other law enforcement agencies remained on scene to survey the damage and continue the investigation. 

The vehicle was abandoned at the scene and was later found to be stolen from a residence in Sulphur Springs earlier in the morning, the SSPD release stated. Investigators were able to recover an additional stolen vehicle and were able to clear several burglary of motor vehicle offenses that had occurred in the city earlier this week, SSPD said. 

The two individuals charged in connection with the incident are: 

Keaton Pierce Wilkerson, 17, for charges of evading arrest in a vehicle and for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Wilkerson is not bond eligible, according to records. 

Qieshon Odell Flecker, 17, on an outstanding warrant of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Flecker is not bond eligible, according to records.