Poteet man arrested after leading several agencies on chase, Atascosa County sheriff says

Michael Rodriguez, 37, charged with evading arrest and reckless driving

Michael Rodriguez was arrested following a chase in Atascosa County.
Michael Rodriguez was arrested following a chase in Atascosa County. (KSAT)

POTEET, Texas – A 37-year-old man was arrested Wednesday afternoon after leading several law enforcement agencies on a chase through Atascosa County, Sheriff David Soward said.

Soward said that Poteet police tried to stop the suspect, Michael Rodriguez, but he refused to stop and fled towards Pleasanton on FM 476.

Poteet police terminated the pursuit, but about 30 minutes later, an Atascosa County sheriff’s deputy saw Rodriguez’s vehicle speeding in Jourdanton, Soward said. Rodriguez again refused to stop and headed toward Pleasanton and the deputy terminated the pursuit.

Man arrested in Atascosa County after chase, Photo: Jack Garcia (KSAT)

Moments later, Texas Department of Publis Safety troopers began chasing Rodriguez’s vehicle on Highway 97 between Jourdanton and Pleasanton, Soward said. Rodriguez led troopers back to Jourdanton, Pleasanton and then towards Poteet on FM 476.

Troopers reported Rodriguez driving on the wrong side of the road on several occasions, Soward said. The pursuit ended about 1:45 p.m. on Strawberry City Road east of Poteet.

Following a short foot pursuit, Rodriguez was taken into custody by DPS troopers. He was booked into the Atascosa County Jail on charges of evading arrest and reckless driving.

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