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High Speed chase reaches 160 mph; winds through county, city


Deputies from Clay, Wichita and Archer Counties were involved in a high-speed chase through much of southern Clay County and into Henrietta Thursday night.

The three departments and DPS troopers trailed a red Camaro into southeast Henrietta, but could not locate the vehicle. Wichita County deputies called off their search at about 11:35 p.m., while Clay County deputies and the DPS continued to search in Henrietta until midnight.

At one point during the chase, the car’s rate of speed was determined to be 160 miles-per-hour, said Sheriff Kenny Lemons. The car was clocked at 140 miles-per-hour near the Hwy. 287 overpass as it entered Henrietta.

The chase began in Wichita Falls, at the intersection of Southwest Parkway and Kemp Street sometime after 10 p.m. The suspect vehicle traveled down Hwy. 281 through Archer County, then east on FM 174 into Clay County and north on Hwy. 148.

Spike strips were laid on FM 172 near Bluegrove in case the vehicle tried to go back to Archer County. Instead, it continued north.

The driver turned east on Omega Street, then south into a residential area one or two blocks east of Allsup’s convenience store.


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