Police chase ends with driver’s death, shuts down I-35 overnight


AUSTIN (KXAN) — A driver died after leading police on an overnight police chase that ended in a minor crash. It was one of two police chases overnight and shut down southbound I-35 at William Cannon Drive for more than an hour early Friday. The interstate has since reopened.

Officers performed CPR on the driver, but he was pronounced dead at South Austin Medical Center. No one else was injured and officers did not use any force. The Travis County Medical Examiner will perform an autopsy to determine the 29-year-old’s cause of death.

Manor Police say this chase started at 12:40 a.m. when an officer tried to pull over the driver for a traffic violation on Highway 290E. They say the driver did not stop and instead led officers on a chase south down I-35 that ended near the William Cannon Drive exit.

Manor Police say they will wait to release the man’s name until they can contact his family.

Second police chase overnight

About 20 minutes earlier, Austin Police and the Department of Public Safety also assisted with another police chase. Few details are known about this chase other than APD sent its helicopter to Bluff Springs Road and Brandt Road in southeast Austin to help the Kyle Police Department.

DPS says one person is in custody.

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