APD arrest man after hitting 4 cars

APD arrest man after hitting 4 cars and trying to run over officer

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What started out as a hit and run on Rundberg and 35 on Saturday afternoon turned into a police chase and an officer involved shooting.

Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo says the situation that ended in a black truck crashing into a sign at the corner of Rundberg and Lamar started just 2 minutes earlier -- down the street at the Shell station on I-35 and Rundberg.

Acevedo says an officer was working another traffic problem when someone flagged him down and said the suspect hit their car at the Shell station.

The driver of the black truck was trying to get away...when the officer told him to stop, police say the 23-year-old Hispanic male tried to run the officer down.
 
They say the officer got out of the way and told him one more time to 'stop!'

"The suspect again immediately accelerated the vehicle toward the officer.  The officer immediately started to get out of the way and simultaneously fired several rounds striking the suspect's vehicle," Acevedo said.

By the way, the truck had hit 2 other cars in the Shell parking lot during the struggle.  That's when the driver took off down Rundberg, hitting another car along the way.

When he got to a traffic jam at Rundberg and Lamar, Chief Acevedo says the guy pulled into the H.E.B. parking lot...crashing into the sign...and the officer arrested him.

The gunshots never hit the guy, according to Acevedo.  And the crash didn't hurt him.

The officer is okay too.

"Think about that.  You know, a guy's sitting there hitting cars, then he tries to run over you twice and you still have a presence of mind even after being involved in an officer involved shooting to jump in your police car, give chase and ultimately take the suspect into custody," Acevedo said.

The chief says the 23-year-old is being investigated for driving under the influence of alcohol.

We spoke with Daesy Panduro.  Her sister is the alleged driver's girlfriend.

Her husband saw the wreck and she was scared her sister was in the truck with him.

"As soon as he told me my heart was was like....'my sister'... you know.  She' probably in there with him.  Because they're always together," she said.

Panduro says the guy has made some made bad choices but he's done a lot for her family.

"I don't know what's gonna happen with him and we're here to support him and my sister.  And we're hoping he's okay," Panduro said.

Police haven't released the name of the suspect or the officer yet.
  
Of course that officer is on administrative leave during the investigation.
  
Chief Acevedo says the driver is being investigated for 4 counts of failure to stop at the scene of an accident, driving under the influence of alcohol and charged with aggravated assault of a peace officer.

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