DPS: No charges filed after chase that ended on South First Street bridge


A woman barricaded herself in a car on the South 1st Street Bridge on Monday, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. (KXAN photo/Frank Martinez)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A woman has been questioned, released and faces no charges after the Texas Department of Public Safety says she barricaded herself in her vehicle on the South First Street Bridge in downtown Austin after a pursuit.

Texas DPS said the incident began as a traffic stop at 10:36 a.m. on South First Street and Riverside Drive after DPS says the registration for the vehicle came back stolen. Two troopers initially tried to stop the driver, then called for backup from the Austin Police Department.

Video sent to KXAN by Morgan Colfax shows the heavy police and law enforcement presence on the bridge just before 12 p.m. Monday.

“Despite these efforts, after approximately 45 minutes with no response from the driver and no attempt from the driver to exit the vehicle, APD SWAT and DPS Aircraft were called in for additional assistance,” DPS said in a statement. “After numerous attempts from APD SWAT, the driver finally complied with commands and exited her vehicle without further incident.”

Texas DPS said the 24-year-old woman surrendered around 12:30 p.m. and they took her into custody. They later questioned and released her. DPS says she was the registered owner of the vehicle and said DPS did not request confirmation from APD that the car was stolen. DPS says the woman told them she had reported her car stolen, but found it later. No charges have been filed and no one was hurt.

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