Update: Lampasas police have obtained an arrest warrant for a man suspected of being the driver of a four-door compact car who led authorities on a high-speed chase earlier this week. The arrest warrant is for Michael Ray Pierce, 29, a white male whose last known address was in Richland Springs, Patrol Lt. Chuck Montgomery told the Lampasas Dispatch Record. Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Greg Chapman of Kempner signed the warrant. Pierce remained at large at press time Thursday, authorities said.
The warrant is for two third-degree felonies: evading arrest with a motor vehicle and tampering with evidence, Montgomery said.
The high-speed chase Tuesday evening began on FM 580 West near Lampasas and ended in a crash some 24 miles later off South FM 116 in the Copperas Cove area. The pursuit and subsequent wreck resulted in the arrest of 26-year-old Temple resident Rachel Lynn Raymond.
She remained in Lampasas County Jail as press time Thursday. The woman – a passenger in a fleeing vehicle – was arrested for tampering with evidence and possession of a controlled substance under 1 gram, both felonies.
Lampasas Police Department received a call at 5:52 p.m. that a red Pontiac Vibe was coming into town, and the caller had observed one of the occupants in the Pontiac stick a hand out of the vehicle and fire an apparently random shot from a weapon. No person was shot, officials said.
Lampasas police located two firearms on the route of the pursuit, and presumptive field tests indicate the controlled substance was methamphetamine, Montgomery told the Dispatch Record. An initial investigation by the LPD led officials to believe Raymond threw one handgun -- and other narcotics -- from the Pontiac. The LPD -- assisted by Lampasas Fire Department -- was unable to locate the additional narcotics, however.