AUSTIN (KXAN) - Austin police chased two men suspected of stealing wine from a Southeast Austin 7-Eleven until the driver crashed into a traffic light pole at Cesar Chavez and Chicon street early Monday morning.
Police said it all started when two men stole wine from store on 1747 E. Oltorf Road. Surveillance video caught two men walking into the store a little before 5 a.m. The man wearing a blue green jacket swiped two bottles of wine. The video shows another man in a white shirt take another bottle of wine.
He follows the other suspect out the door and even turns around to wave bye.
"She's only been here two days, it was a big shock on her behalf," said Marcus Barron, a co-worker of the 7 Eleven employee that stood up to the men.
The video shows the man in the blue green jacket running back in the store trying to steal more wine, but the female employee chases him out. He comes again for a third time, but she stand at the door, stares him down through the glass and he got back in his white BMW and drove off.
"The vehicle began driving erratically left the road way, drove into a resident's lawn almost hit their house," said Police Cpl. Christopher Brewer.
Officer thought they were just dealing with a theft, but said they thought the driver was drunk. The chase lasted for 5 minutes until the driver of the white BMW crashed into a signal light pole at Cesar Chavez and Chicon.
Both the driver and passenger were injured in the crash, but police say their injuries were not serious. They were taken into custody.
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