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Halloween chase ends with arrests
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TRINITY – A man accused of leading police on a high-speed chase that wound through residential neighborhood where children were “trick-or-treating” was in custody this week. Keith Wilkerson of Alabama was charged with felony evading arrest Monday night following the Halloween night incident. Additional charges of endangering children also were pending. A woman described as his girlfriend, Shelia Hopkins of Alabama, also was charged with felony hindering apprehension. According to Precinct 1 Constable Woody Wallace, the incident began Monday night when deputy constables spotted a pickup traveling toward Trinity on FM 356. The pickup was traveling at a high rate of speed and moving erratically. When the deputy constables attempted to stop it, it accelerated to speeds of over 100 miles per hour, Wallace said. As the chase approached Trinity, Trinity Police Chief Steve Jones attempted to block the road but the pickup managed to get around him. Wallace said it then moved through a neighborhood where children were trick-or-treating for Halloween candy. “He drove right through the residential area and endangered several children. There were a lot of fathers that would have liked to have gotten their hands on him after that stunt,” Wallace said. Eventually, the pickup came to a stop and the driver jumped out and fled the scene on foot. Wilkerson was later found hiding on top of a building on Highway 230 (Main Street) and was arrested. Hopkins was a passenger in the pickup and did not flee the scene when it stopped. However, when questioned by officers, she denied knowing the driver. Wallace said Wilkerson’s photo was subsequently found on her cell phone and the constable identified her as the suspect’s girlfriend. While both suspects have Alabama addresses, they have been staying in the Trinity area recently. Wallace said Hopkins has family here.


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