Police arrest 21-year-old man after early morning chase and crash

Austin

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin police say they took a man into custody early Tuesday morning following a chase that ended in a crash atop the William Cannon Drive bridge over Interstate 35.

According to an arrest affidavit, Aaron Varela, 21, ran away but police caught and arrested him near the Capitol Chevrolet car dealership around 3:30 a.m. Crews towed the car and cleared the scene by 4:15 a.m.

Police say they originally responded after a report that Varela allegedly threatened and pointed a gun at his ex-girlfriend of five years, who is eight months pregnant, at the La Quinta hotel on East Oltorf Street, the affidavit says.

Officers found Varela in a car near the entrance of the hotel. When officers activated their lights, Varela drove away, starting the chase, police say.

Varela is charged with evading arrest, unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon and aggravated assault.

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