WF woman faces multiple charges after four county chase

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More information is available on a Wichita Falls woman that faces numerous charges after a lengthy high-speed chase from Wichita Falls to Archer County, and then through Jack and Young counties before coming back and ending in in Archer County.

Stefanie Teruel, 37, is in the Archer County jail this afternoon facing at least four charges: evading arrest, possession of a controlled substance, child endangerment and displaying a fictitious vehicle registration. 

The child endangerment charge was filed because authorities said Teruel’s 14-year-old son was in the car. 

Wichita Falls police had attempted to stop the silver Honda CRV for an expired registration sticker early Wednesday night.

The driver sped off and left the city and was last seen heading south on US 281.

A short time later an Archer County game warden spotted a Honda go past FM 1954 at a high rate of speed.

He began pursuit and was joined by an archer city police unit and other agencies.

The Honda went through Windthorst at speeds from 75 to 90 mph and continued into Jack County, where a Jack County deputy tried to block the road, but the driver turned west onto FM 1191 to Jermyn and into Young County.

In Loving, a Young County deputy and Archer County constable tried to spike the tires, but the car turned north onto Highway 16 and back into Archer County. 

The car went the wrong way on the ramp to get back on US 281 and continued north.

Another attempt to deploy spike strips at Lake Creek road and 281 was successful, deflating three tires.

The car slowed to around 30 miles an hour but kept going until, at FM 1954, Wichita County Chief Deputy Derrald Choate performed a pit maneuver and got the car stopped.

Authorities said they found Teruel’s 14-year-old son in the car, and also found a bag containing meth and a meth pipe in her possession. The boy was released to guardians.

Law agencies involved in the chase include Wichita Falls, Archer City and Holliday police, Wichita, Archer and Jack County Sheriff’s offices, the Department of Public Safety, Archer County constable and the Texas Parks and Wildlife game warden. 

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