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2015-04-23

Hill Country saga of 'Little Red Corvette'

By Judith Pannebaker BCC Editor

A car chase that began in Kendall County last weekend and zigzagged through surrounding areas culminated with incredible Karma, according to reports.
The incident started about 10 am Sunday, April 12, when Allen Russell Meneley, 34, of San Antonio, allegedly stole a truck there and headed northwest. According to Kendall County Sheriff's Office Lt. Butch Matjeka, law enforcement officers from San Antonio informed his department that a GPS device in the stolen truck indicated Meneley was headed toward Kendall County.
"After encountering the suspect, we initiated a vehicle pursuit," Matjeka said in an interview on Tuesday, April 21. To stop the incident in its tracks, Department of Public Safety Trooper Allen Meyer, son of former Bandera County Treasurer Mae Vion Meyer, laid down spike strips in the 100 block of Highway 46 North.
Undeterred, Meneley buzzed over the strips, flattening the truck's tires. However, by driving on the rims, he continued along the roadway for about a mile before crashing into a tree. At that point, the suspect abandoned the vehicle and continued eluding KCSO deputies on foot.
"We searched for the suspect for several hours, but were unable to locate him," Matjeka said.
During this time, Meneley allegedly broke into the home of John Miller, who lives off Highway 46 in Kendall County. Miller is brother of Balous Miller, who took over operating the Bill Miller B-B-Q restaurant chain from his father. John Miller also works in the popular barbecue chain.
Although Miller was not at home during the break-in, his housekeeper, responding to a security alarm, encountered the suspect, Matjeka said.
"He pointed a gun at her and she fled immediately, Matjeka said. It was later determined that the replica gun Meneley had in his possession was one that he had allegedly stolen from Miller's home.
Meneley also apparently left the premises in Miller's red Corvette, which was valued at $78,000. The suspect continued toward Bandera on Highways 46 and 16 and was next spotted on FM 1283 heading toward Lakehills. At this point, Meyer, along with deputies with the Bandera County Sheriff's Office, took up the pursuit. Still, the suspect proved elusive.
At one point, according to BCSO Chief Deputy Matt King, Meneley showed up in River Bluff Circle, where he purportedly asked a horseback rider, "How do I get out of this neighborhood?"
According to King, Meneley allegedly led law enforcement on a chase that included the Dancing Bear subdivision in Medina County, a return to FM 1283 and subsequent turns onto FMs 471 and 211, then circling back to Highway 16 South and through Helotes, San Antonio and Leon Valley.
To clarify Bandera County's participation, King said BCSO Investigator Chris King had dropped out of the chase long before its culmination. "Our patrol vehicles couldn't keep up with that Corvette," Matt King said. "Let's just say, our guy 'glanced at the vehicle shortly'."
Ultimately, Meneley took a right onto Grissom Road where he wrecked the Corvette - fittingly directly in front of a Bill Miller B-B-Q. The suspect was apprehended in the restaurant's parking lot at approximately 5 pm, reports indicated.
Now in jail in San Antonio, Meneley faces charges that include an outstanding felony warrant as well as other charges. In Kendall County, he has been charged with burglary of a building and habitation as well as felony evading arrest.
No injuries were reported during the incident, except perhaps those sustained by the "Little Red Corvette."