Chase with suspected DWI driver ends near Bexar courthouse

SAPD: Suspect came to stop near police sub-­station, Bexar magi­strate's office


SAN ANTONIO - San Antonio police arrested a man who they said led officers on a 70-mile chase that came to an end between the SAPD Central Sub-station and the magistrate's office.

Police tried to stop the suspect, 28-year-old Jorge Vargas, around 2:40 a.m. on Thursday near Loop 410 and McCullough because they suspected he was driving drunk.

"Instead, he led officers on a pursuit up 410 to I-10," Sgt. Javier Salazar said.

Police said Vargas drove down Interstate 10 to Interstate 35, then all the way to the city limits. Then they said he took a turn-around and headed back to downtown, where he stopped near the magistrate's office.

"One could speculate that he knew he was wanted and he possibly knew that he was DWI and needed to give himself up," Salazar said.

Officers followed close behind for about 10 minutes then allowed SAPD's Eagle helicopter to take over.

Police said Vargas did not top the speed limit, but threw several items out of his white SUV.

"Regardless of the speed, any time there's a pursuit, it's a dangerous situation for the suspect and the officers," Salazar said.

Once Vargas stopped near the magistrate's office, officers quickly moved in and arrested him, police said.

Vargas is charged with drunken driving and evading arrest. He also had a warrant for parole violation.

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