AUSTIN (KXAN) — A Leander man who was shot by a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper on Saturday, Sept. 8 rammed the trooper’s patrol car during a chase through Austin streets, according to an arrest affidavit.
Around 10:16 p.m., Trooper Austin Johnston was on routine patrol when he found a stolen pickup truck heading north on Lamar Boulevard near Airport Boulevard.
The driver of the truck, identified by authorities as 21-year-old Dustin Lee Dougherty, refused to pull over and sped off, the DPS trooper said.
Dougherty then stopped on Fawnridge Drive, in a neighborhood near North Interstate 35 and Rundberg Lane, put his truck in reverse and sped into the trooper’s patrol car, the trooper said.
The trooper then fired at Dougherty, who had one non-life threatening gunshot wound to his back, the arrest affidavit continued.
Dougherty was treated at a local hospital and booked into the Travis County Jail on Sept. 9, where he remains on charges of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, evading arrest, evading arrest with a vehicle and aggravated assault of a peace officer.
Bond has been set at $160,000.