The alleged driver of a vehicle pursued by Ellis County Sheriff’s deputies early Saturday morning turned himself in several hours after fleeing on foot.
Ellis County Sheriff Ed Harbin said the pursuit started at 12:24 a.m. when deputies in two patrol vehicles were traveling back into town after working a car-deer accident on U.S. Highway 183 south of Hays.
In the 600 block of Vine, they encountered a Black Chrysler 300 driving in the opposite direction at a high rate of speed. Radar showed the vehicle traveling at 89 mph and then at 98 mph when it went through the four-way stop at the intersection of Vine and the U.S. 183 Bypass, according to Harbin and Ellis County Attorney Tom Drees.
The vehicle turned into Countryside Estates, 1010 Reservation Road, and was found abandoned in a parking space of a vacant lot in the mobile home park.
Harbin said witnesses told the deputies three people had fled the vehicle. The deputies, assisted by the Hays Police Department, located two of the people, who were passengers. They were not taken into custody.
Nestor Daniel Lopez-Barrera, 18, Bazine, identified as the driver in the probable cause affidavit, turned himself in to authorities at 3:14 a.m. He was held on suspicion of fleeing or eluding a law enforcement officer and interference with a law enforcement officer.
He posted a $5,000 bond Monday. Charges are pending.