San Antonio police officers arrested a kidnapping suspect Tuesday afternoon after he crashed his car while allegedly trying to kidnap his estranged wife.
The incident began around 4:30 p.m. in the 100 block of Kimberly Drive on the city's West Side.
According to Sgt. Javier Salazar, the suspect, Daniel Dire, 30, showed up at the location and was in the process of forcing his estranged wife into his car. That's when the victim's sister pulled up to the house.
"The woman came home, found her sister, the victim, being dragged from the house by the estranged husband," Salazar said.
As Dire fled the location, he threatened the woman with a gun and forced her sister into his car. The woman gave chase, following the suspect and calling 911.
As the victim's sister was waiting for officers to catch up to her, the woman spotted a San Antonio police officer conducting a traffic stop and flagged him down.
She told the officer her sister was in the car she was following and that she was being kidnapped.
The officer started to chase the car, but Dire ended up crashing into another car at the intersection of 36th Street and Castroville. The wreck actually helped disarm the kidnapping suspect.
"The impact of the crash actually knocked the gun out of the hand of the suspect that suspect did initially resist," Salazar said. "The two officers that made the scene were able to apprehend him rather quickly and thankfully nobody else was hurt."
Dire was already wanted on felony charges for another case, he's now expected to face kidnapping and weapons charges.