Keys left in vehicle results in high speed car chase

Keys left in vehicle results in high speed car chase

AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - Police are still looking for the suspect in Thursday's car chase from Canyon to Amarillo.

It started around 8:00, when Department of Public Safety Troopers say a white male in his 20's stole a 2010 Chevy Pickup from the parking lot of Allsup's in Canyon.

As troopers approached, the suspect fled, leading police on a chase heading north on I-27 towards Amarillo. The chase ended when the suspect crashed the truck into a pole on Lipscomb St., near I-40 and Washington. Police say he then got out of the car and ran away.

Corporal Jerry Neufeld says leaving keys in the car is one of the most common ways cars are stolen in Amarillo. "It's just an open invitation for people to come steal your car. It happens in broad day light, it happens early in the morning, it happens all over town," he told us.

In 2013, 816 cars were stolen in Amarillo; a 31% increase from 2012. "Nearly half, close to 75% had keys in them. They may not all be running but they are either in the ignition, or in the console, or in the seat, they are in the car somewhere," Neufeld said.

As more people head outside to preheat their cars this time of year, it should come as no surprise that more vehicles are stolen. "We're making this a very easy crime for people to commit. It's easy to prevent. Just take the keys with you," Neufeld said.

Colleen Nelson - NewsChannel 10