Police arrest one in Beaumont patrol vehicle theft

Allen Keith Williams

Officers with the Beaumont Police Department (BPD) have arrested a local man after he allegedly stole an officer's patrol vehicle during a traffic stop on Feb. 6 close to 3 a.m.

In a news release, BPD Officer Carol Riley reported that a Beaumont Police  K-9 Officer stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation at the McDonalds located at Laurel and Interstate 10. The officer walked up to speak with the driver, but left his K-9 in the patrol unit. While the officer was in the process of conducting the traffic stop on an individual, 35-year-old Beaumont resident Allen Keith Williams, who was not involved in the traffic stop, got into the driver’s seat of the  K-9 patrol unit while the officer was outside and sped away.

Dispatch was quickly notified and began to actively track the vehicle. Officers located the stolen patrol unit and attempted to stop Williams. He evaded police, traveling throughout the city of Beaumont, and wrecked in a wooded area at College Street and Dowlen Road. 

Williams refused to exit the vehicle, but police were able to remove the suspect after a lengthy struggle. Williams was arrested and transported to the hospital for medical clearance. K-9 Officer Duke, who was in the back of the patrol car during the chase, was not injured during this incident but will be taken to a veterinarian for medical clearance.

Once Williams was medically cleared, he was taken to the Auto Theft Task Force unit to speak with a detective and then transported to the Jefferson County Jail.

Williams is charged with Felony Theft, Evading Detention/Arrest with a Motor Vehicle, Attempting to take an Officer’s Weapon, and Resisting Arrest/Search/Transport.

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