Driver of ‘suspicious’ vehicle in New Braunfels flees officers, crashes into van on Loop 410, police say

Van’s driver was taken to hospital with minor injuries

SAN ANTONIO – A man trying to evade officers has been arrested after he crashed his vehicle into a van while fleeing early Tuesday morning, according to New Braunfels police.

The incident occurred around 3:30 a.m. in the 4100 block of Northeast Loop 410 southbound, not far from Interstate 35 and Space Center Drive.

According to police, around 3 a.m., NPBD officers noticed a suspicious vehicle spray-painted white that was supposed to be red in an area near the Faust Street bridge. That’s when, police say, as soon as the driver noticed the officers, he sped off, and a chase ensued.

Police said when the driver got near Live Oak the car ran over spike strips that had been deployed. The driver kept going toward San Antonio until the car finally lost a tire in the area of I-35 and Space Center and then hit a utility van.

The driver of the sedan got out of his vehicle and tried to run on foot, but officers were able to catch up to him and take him into custody. The man’s name and age were not disclosed. A female passenger who was in the suspect’s car also suffered minor injuries.

The driver of the van was taken by ambulance to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

New Braunfels PD said they had help in catching the man from their K9 unit, along with SAPD. It’s unclear what charges the man now faces.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing, police said.

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