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Stolen car crashes, burns

By Sonny Long
Aug. 1, 2012 at 3:01 a.m.


A car reported stolen from Yoakum crashed and burned near Hallettsville early Wednesday morning.

The 2009 Mercury Marquis crashed about 6 a.m. on U.S. Highway 77 North in Lavaca County near the Fayette County line. The car was unoccupied when emergency personnel arrived, said Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Craig Wycoff.

"It was engulfed in flames when I got there," Wycoff said. "The driver's side door was open."

The car was reported stolen from Wendel Motor Co. in Yoakum at 7:40 a.m., said Yoakum Police Department Investigator Lee Campbell.

"The building was broken into, the keys taken and the car stolen," Campbell said.

Wycoff said the license plate on the car was stolen from a vehicle in Hallettsville.

Two people, including a juvenile, were detained later that morning about a mile north of the crash site, the trooper said.

"We don't know if the crash caused the fire or if the car was set on fire intentionally after the crash," Wycoff said.

The two were released and no arrests have been made pending further investigation, said Hallettsville Police Chief Randal Schlauch.

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