Wrong-way chase possibly linked to mail carrier shooting, USPS says

Driver drove wrong way on Highway 281 from Comal County to Loop 1604

By David Ibanez - Web - Managing Editor

SAN ANTONIO - A chase involving a wrong-way driver Monday may be related to the weekend shooting of a mail carrier, U.S. Postal Inspection Service Inspector Michael Martinez-Partida said.

Texas of Department Public Safety Sgt. Orlando Moreno said a trooper at 9:45 a.m. noticed a brown Toyota Venza traveling south in the northbound lanes of Highway 281 and River Crossing in Comal County to Loop 1604 in northern Bexar County.

Moreno said the trooper heard what sounded like a gunshot, but it's unclear if it actually was gunfire.

The trooper was not injured and no bullet holes were found on the patrol car, Moreno said.

The trooper lost sight of the vehicle, Moreno said.

The chase comes two days after the mail carrier was shot and robbed of her car in the Spring Branch area.

The carrier suffered a leg wound and her car was later recovered.

A reward of up to $50,000 is being offered by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the suspect or suspects involved in the assault and robbery of the letter carrier.

Anyone with information is asked to call 877-876-2455 and select Option 2.

Martinez-Partida said federal, state and local law enforcement agencies are involved in the investigation.

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