Bryan Man Remains Jailed for Stealing Pickup With Owner In Back Bed

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BRYAN, Texas It's a story that's kind of hard to believe, very dangerous, but helped local officers catch a suspected truck thief.

A Brazos County man jumped into the bed of his own pickup as someone was taking off with it.
And then he called 9-1-1 from his cell phone in the back of the truck to tell police what was happening.

News looks at the harrowing experience.

A crazy car chase through College Station and Bryan ended at the Autozone on Texas Avenue in Bryan late Thursday night.

Police say 19-year-old Kenneth McKinney of Bryan stole a Dodge Ram Pickup which had been left running at the CVS Pharmacy on Texas Avenue in College Station.

"Our victim was there with his girlfriend and she had gone in to shop. He had gone in to check on her and then whenever he returned to his vehicle he saw that there was a suspect inside his vehicle. He tried to confront him but didn't go very well. He ended up jumping in the bed of the truck and while the suspect took off with his vehicle north on Texas," said College Station Police Sergeant Kathryn Reiter.

Reiter says the victim, Johnathon Young of Benchley, called 9-1-1 from his cell phone with updates on their location.

"We're passing Chick-fil-A we're passing Walton and Texas. I mean he was giving us good locations," said Reiter.

At Broadmoor and 29th Street in Bryan, Young, who was fearing for his safety, jumped out of the back of the bed when the pickup slowed to 20 miles an hour.

He was taken by ambulance to St. Joseph Hospital and later released.

College Station Police dropped their pursuit after that, but a few minutes later Bryan Police and DPS Troopers spotted the vehicle and chased it down Texas Avenue when officers believe the pickup ran out of gas.

Even after police had handcuffed McKinney, he attempted to escape, but was quickly subdued.

Police say at times the chase hit 70 miles an hour on Bryan and College Station streets.

"We're thankful that it ended safely," said Sgt. Reiter.

And while police say the pickup owner was helpful in directing them to the fleeing vehicle, they don't recommend doing it the way he did.

Kenneth McKinney remains in the Brazos County Jail on $27,000 bond.

He is facing charges of robbery, evading arrest and possession of a pain killer without a prescription.