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Man swallows pills, tosses gun during New Braunfels police chase

Chase causes delays on I-35 Friday

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NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas – A 19-year-old San Marcos man was arrested Friday afternoon after a police chase in New Braunfels.

New Braunfels police said the chase started after officers did a welfare check at the request of the San Marcos Police Department.

New Braunfels officers went to the TA Truck Stop in the 4800 block of I-35 North around 3:30 p.m. Friday.

The man they were looking for was seen leaving the truck stop in a gray Nissan Versa as officers arrived. Officers tried to pull the man over, but he sped off.

Police said a chase ensued along the southbound I-35 frontage road as the man drove in speeds over 90 mph and ignored traffic signals at FM 306.

The man threw an automatic rifle out of the car window after taking the turnaround onto the northbound frontage road, police said.

A tire on the man's car went flat as he was driving on the main lanes of northbound I-35, causing him to slow down. A New Braunfels officer brought the chase to an end by performing a PIT maneuver, police said.

Police said the man told them he swallowed some pills during the chase. He was taken to a hospital for treatment. Officers also found 2 ounces of marijuana in the car.

The man, who has not been identified, will be charged with evading arrest, possession of marijuana and tampering with evidence. Police said there may be more charges against the man.