Driver flees, jumps from downtown overpass, after hitting deputy’s car

Man, 23, suffered broken bones; deputy not seriously hurt

Driver flees, jumps from downtown overpass, after hitting deputy’s car
Driver flees, jumps from downtown overpass, after hitting deputy’s car

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – A 23-year-old man is being treated for numerous broken bones after jumping from a highway overpass downtown.

According to the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office, Joshua Perez was trying to get away after rear-ending an unmarked car driven by a deputy.

The crash happened shortly after 2 a.m. Monday and closed the Guadalupe Street onramp to southbound Interstate 35 for more than four hours.

Sheriff’s investigators say at the time of the crash, Perez was attempting to run from a UTSA police officer who had witnessed him run a red light downtown and nearly was hit by him.

The deputy's car was hit from behind, then slammed into a wall. (KSAT 12 News)

Perez drove onto the highway onramp, where he hit the deputy who was headed to a different call, investigators said.

The deputy did not appear to suffer any serious injuries but was taken to a hospital to get checked out.

Perez suffered several broken bones when he jumped from the overpass.

Based on signs in the area, Perez fell more than 20 feet.

Investigators said they plan to test Perez for possible intoxication.

Perez is expected to face several charges, possibly including aggravated assault on an officer.

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Katrina Webber was born and raised in Queens, NY, but after living in Gulf Coast states for the past decade, she feels right at home in Texas.

Tim has been a photojournalist and video editor at KSAT since 1998. He came to San Antonio from Lubbock, where he worked in TV and earned his bachelor's degree in Electronic Media and Communication from Texas Tech University. Tim has won a handful of awards and has earned a master's in Strategic Communication and Innovation from Tech as well.