Chase ends with wreck involving Thorndale police

Thorndale Police Chief Fred Ke efer, a nd re ser ve of f ic er Michael Moehling, escaped serious injury last Wednesday when their cruiser was in a head-on crash on a county road ending a pursuit which originated in Rockdale.

Keefer, 38, and Moehling, 29, were treated at Richards Memorial Hospital, following the crash on County Road 443, northeast of Thorndale.

Russell A lan Kelley, 35, of Rockdale, was charged w ith four offenses in connection with the crash and a previous chase involving Rockdale Ofc. S.A. Smith.

Kelley was charged with aggravated assault on a public servant in connection with the crash.

“We’re okay,” Keefer told The Reporter. “Bumps and bruises and a hand injury.”


Keefer said he and Moehling were attempting to join the pursuit to assist the Rockdale officer.

“We hadn’t quite caught up yet,” Keefer said. “He turned around and came back on that county road and that’s when we got hit head-on.”

Trooper Dav id Ya rbroug h investigated the crash, putting the time at 8:22 p.m. Yarbrough said Kelley was involved in another wreck three minutes earlier on CR 430, crashing through a fence.

Kelley was arrested by Smith and remains in the Milam County Jail on $80,000 bond.

He was also charged w ith unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, evading arrest with a motor vehicle, and driving while intoxicated (DWI), third or more offense.

Smith said he originally tried to stop the suspect on a stolen vehicle charge. “That’s when the case began,” Lt. J. D. Newlin said.


In the only other felony arrest during the past week, Victor Eugene Moore, 36, of Austin was arrested on several warrants issued by two counties.

He was arrested on Milam County warrants for bond surrender (credit/debit card abuse) and failure to appear (credit/ debit card abuse).

Moore was also arrested on Travis County warrants for probation v iolation (aggravated assault/serious bodily injury), and for probation violation (abandoning/ endangering a child, criminal neglect.)

He remains in custody on $80,000 bond.

Child hurt

A n eight-year-old girl was treated at Scott & White Hospital following a vehicle-bicycle accident Saturday evening in the 1500 block of Brazos.

Ofc. Brandon Tess said Andrea Salazar was first taken to Richards Memorial Hospital, then was flown to Scott & White.

Tess said the other vehicle involved was a 2001 GMC pickup driven by Mario Buentello, 40, of Rockdale.


No injuries were reported in two other accidents investigated by police over the past week.

Vehicles driven by Theresa Burgess of Milano, Brenda Yakesch of Rockdale and Pedro Carrazales of Rockdale were in collision at 3:18 p.m. Aug. 24 on West Cameron (US 79) near Wilcox (FM 487).

Damage estimates were not available from police.

Police said vehicles driven by Jerry Medina of Austin and Sharon Walker of Rockdale were in collision at 7:30 a.m. Friday in front of Cefco on West Cameron (US 79).


Traffic citations issued during the past week include 23 for speeding, five for no proof of liability insurance, four for expired MVI sticker and one for expired registration.

Two citations for disorderly conduct/fighting were also issued.

Service calls

There were 149 service calls during the past week and 113 through the 911 system.

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