1 in custody after stealing fire commander's pickup truck, leading police on chase


SAN ANTONIO – One person is police custody after authorities say he stole a fire commander's pickup truck and led officers on a high-speed vehicle chase early Thursday morning.

The suspect stole the city vehicle around 8:30 a.m. as the F-150 was running near St. Mary's and Houston Street while fire personnel were parked outside a Starbucks coffee shop on a medical call.

San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said the suspect drove the vehicle around downtown damaging multiple vehicles and property before sideswiping an 18-wheeler. 


The chase went on for nearly an hour before finally stalling out near Interstate 35 and Loop 1604. The suspect also hit a charter bus, police say.

McManus said there were no reports of injuries at either scene during the incident. He said the suspect resisted arrest and had several outstanding robbery warrants.

Police did not release the name or age of the man arrested. The investigation is ongoing.

McManus did say that police are processing several scenes involved and that traffic may suffer in those areas as a result.

This is a developing story. Stay with KSAT 12 both online and on-air for more information.

UPDATE: The person in the stolen vehicle that caused all that damage downtown wrecked out on Interstate 35 near Loop 1604, near The Forum shopping center. It spounds like there are some road closures in that area including part of I-35.

Posted by KSAT Katrina Webber on Thursday, October 11, 2018

This is some of the damage caused by a person who allegedly stole a city vehicle downtown, then went on a wild ride. It ended with a crash on I-35 near The Forum. It sounds like he also hit an 18 wheeler.

Posted by KSAT Katrina Webber on Thursday, October 11, 2018

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