Man arrested after high speed chase from Kyle to south Austin

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — A man is accused of leading police on a high-speed chase from Kyle to south Austin overnight Friday.

“During the pursuit, officers report the Ford F150 disregarded red stoplights and stop signs, drove on the wrong side of the roadway and drove at speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour,” Kyle police wrote in a statement.

Kyle police pulled over Paul Joseph Rodriguez, 45, around 11:40 p.m. Friday while responding to a call about a suspicious vehicle in the area. Kyle police say he told the officer “a story that didn’t make sense” and gave the officer false information. 

When the officer told Rodriguez to get out of the truck, he refused, and slammed the door on the officer’s arm when he tried to get him out, police say. He then drove away.

Other officers tried to pull Rodriguez over, and Austin police officers joined the chase once he reached Austin. He got off Interstate 35 at the Onion Creek Parkway exit and blew a tire, but police say he kept going. He went through a neighborhood and eventually ended up at the overpass on W. Slaughter Lane, where police say Rodriguez ran off. 

“Officers observed the bed of the vehicle was on fire,” according to a report from Kyle police. “Officers found Rodriguez attempting to climb a fence, which is when they apprehended him.”

Rodriguez lives in Austin, police say. He was booked into the Hays County Jail. He faces aggravated assault on a public servant, possession of a controlled substance, deadly conduct, evading arrest, resisting arrest and failure to identify charges. He also had a warrant for his arrest in a separate case from Austin police.

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