Ft. Hood soldier who led Brown County deputies on chase turns himself in


BROWN COUNTY, Texas - A Fort Hood soldier who led authorities on a two-county chase in August turned himself into the Brown County Jail on Monday, according to jail records.

Joel Kay Northrop, 21, is facing a charge of evading arrest and detention with a vehicle in Brown and Eastland counties, according to a complaint signed by Brown County Court-at-Law Judge Sam Moss.

On August 19, Northrop was allegedly involved in a 45-minute chase involving a Department of Public Safety Trooper in Eastland County and deputies with the Brown County Sheriff's Office.

Northrop was driving his motorcycle at high speeds from Rising Star to May on Hwy 183, according to Sheriff Vance Hill.

Brown County deputies then joined in on the chase with Northrop reaching 145 mph on his bike,

Court documents report Northrop then abandoned his motorcycle on a county road near the town of Owen and fled on foot.

DPS troopers were able to confirm Northrop is an active Army member stationed in Ft Hood.

Northrop told deputies he was in Dallas with a friend before the pursuit, according to court documents.

Northrop bonded out of jail on Monday.

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