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Henrietta men face felonies in Burk car chase


A high-speed chase through Burkburnett Aug. 9 ended with the arrest of two Henrietta High School students.





Leo Scott Hunter, 17, has been charged with tampering with physical evidence, a third-degree felony. Hayden Garrett West, 18, faces one count of evading arrest or detention with a vehicle, a state jail felony.

According to a probably cause affidavit obtained through an open records request, at approximately 11:46 p.m. a Burkburnett police officer stopped a white pickup driven by West for failing to come to a complete stop at a stop sign in the 600 block of Avenue G. After the officer stepped out of his patrol vehicle, the pickup sped away. The officer got back into his vehicle and pursued the pickup. Two officers joined the chase.

The affidavit states that officers observed the pickup traveling about 70 miles per hour through residential neighborhoods, and reaching 100 mph on service roads and I-44, passing other vehicles on the shoulder and weaving in and out of traffic.

According to the affidavit, the pickup came to an abrupt stop on I-44 six minutes after the chase began. The officer who made the initial stop stated in the affidavit that he witnessed Hunter throw a Styrofoam cup containing alcohol from the passenger-side window.

Open alcoholic beverages in plain view led to a search of the vehicle, officers stated in the affidavit. The search turned up opened and unopened alcohol inside the truck and in the bed of the truck.

West also faces a misdemeanor DUI. According to the affidavit, a Breathalyzer test showed West to have a blood alcohol level of .012. A person under 21 in Texas can be charged with DUI if he tests positive for alcohol even under the legal limit of .08 Hunter faces a misdemeanor charge of consumption of alcohol by a minor after testing for a blood alcohol level of .058.


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