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Motorcycle theft leads to chase, wreck and arrest
BEAUMONT- by Haley Bull
A suspect is in jail after investigators said he stole a motorcycle, wrecked it and ran away. Police said the victim of the crime helped officers catch him, but the thief didn't make it easy for police to stop him. It started around 7 a.m. Friday at a gas station and ended about two hours later in the woods.
It started when a man on a motorcycle stopped at the Raceway service station on College St. near I-10 in Beaumont. Police said the man left his keys in the ignition with the engine running while he took out cash from an outdoor ATM.
That's when police said 30-year old Clarence Holland from Mid-County stole the motorcycle. The victim and a witness chased Holland and called police.
Investigators said the thief wrecked the motorcycle at the intersection of College Street and I-10 and ran away. He hopped fences and went through yards until Beaumont Police caught him in the woods a short while later.
Police said the suspect suffered minor injuries and the victim was okay. They also said, it's a lesson.
"It's kind of fairly common now 'cuz of the cold weather," Donald English, and investigator with the Southeast Texas Auto Theft Task Force, said. "People want to leave their vehicles running or even their motorcycle running to do a quick one minute run but then your car gets stolen in a matter of seconds."
The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles said nearly 65,000 cars and trucks are stolen each year and one in five have keys left inside.
"We strive to tell people do not leave your vehicle running or keys in the ignition at any time," English said.
It's also illegal to leave a motor vehicle unattended with keys in the ignition or engine running. It's a misdemeanor that carries a fine up to $500.