Suspect in car chase attempts to fight troopers, ends up in hospital, police say

SAPD: Man led police, DPS on citywide chase in stolen truck

By Mariah Medina - Digital Journalist, Deven Clarke - Crime and Justice Reporter

SAN ANTONIO - A man suspected of leading authorities on a chase throughout the city was taken to the hospital Monday morning after trying to fight troopers when the stolen truck he was driving wrecked, police said.

San Antonio police said they received a call about a stolen work truck and the truck owner helped authorities track the vehicle down. When police attempted to make contact with the driver of the stolen vehicle, the man sped off and a chase ensued.

Police called in the assistance of the Department of Public Safety as a police helicopter kept track of the stolen vehicle. 

Police Lt. James Lint described the lengthy chase.

"I’ll put it this way, we started down here on (Interstate) 35 in the southern part of San Antonio, we went up on to East Patrol, North Patrol, Prue, the West area of San Antonio, and then back here -- so basically they were driving all around (Loop) 410," Lint said.

Troopers were able to catch up with the chase suspect on Interstate 35 near Fischer Road when the driver lost control of the truck and crashed into a cable guard rail.

The 39-year-old man was taken to Southwest General Hospital with a pre-existing shoulder injury. His name has not been released, but he is being charged with theft of a vehicle and evading arrest, police said.

The truck was registered to Hart Components, a Truss Plant and Drywall company located on Pitluck near Quintana Road.

With the help of GPS on the truck, police were able to catch up with the vehicle about a mile and a half away on Somerset Road near North Navajo. 

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