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North Las Vegas man turns himself in after deadly Texas crash

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Posted at 9:28 AM, Nov 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-23 13:45:04-05

UPDATE 10:40 A.M.: The New Braunfels Police Department reported that Austin Meade turned himself into the Austin Police Department Friday morning.

It was reported around 10:30 a.m. Central Time. 

Police said additional charges might be forthcoming. 

ORIGINAL STORY

A North Las Vegas man is wanted in a deadly crash in Texas. 

An arrest warrant for 26-year old Austin Taylor Meade has been issued charging him with first degree felony murder. Bond for this warrant has already been set at $1 million. Due to the nature of the charge, and his actions following the crash, Meade should be considered potentially armed and dangerous.

On Wednesday morning, officers with the New Braunfels Police Department were notified by a company in San Antonio that one of their work trucks had been stolen and they had tracked the truck to an apartment complex located in the 1300 block of West County Line Road in New Braunfels. Officers responded to that location and were about to make contact with the truck when the driver of the truck fled the apartment complex parking lot at a high rate of speed. 

The truck traveled eastbound on West County Line Road until it ran a stop sign and collided with a silver Ford Edge at the intersection of Dove Crossing Drive. The impact of that collision was directly on the driver’s side door of the Ford Edge, killing the driver of that vehicle who has since been identified as 39-year-old Amber Rachelle Williams of New Braunfels.

Immediately following the crash, the driver of the truck exited the vehicle and fled the scene on foot heading into nearby Fischer Park. He then made his way to a nearby entrance/exit to the park and initially it was believed he had stolen a vehicle at knifepoint at that location. Further investigation has revealed that, instead, he flagged down a vehicle and asked for a ride. 

The female driver of the vehicle initially voluntarily gave him a ride to her home in the 1100 block of Blazewood Drive, but after a few minutes inside the home the suspect threatened her with a kitchen knife and took the keys to her vehicle. He then fled in the woman’s vehicle, a silver 2012 Kia Forte bearing Texas license plate DT6-R476 with a pink sticker in the back windshield.