AUSTIN (KXAN) — A man was arrested and charged after allegedly ramming a trooper’s patrol car during a chase. Multiple shots were fired during the pursuit, which ended in a north Austin neighborhood overnight Thursday.
Austin police say troopers with the Texas Department of Public Safety tried to pull over a Land Rover Wednesday night shortly before 11 p.m., but that Land Rover would not stop and took off.
An update from DPS said the driver led the trooper to the 10200 block of Rutland Village West, where he stopped, ‘intentionally’ put his SUV in reverse and rammed the trooper’s car.
The hit disabled the patrol car, and that’s when the trooper discharged his weapon at the driver, according to DPS. The driver reportedly tried to flee, but hit two parked cars which disabled his SUV.
As a result of the trooper discharging his weapon, Austin Police Department responded to a shots fired call in the area, DPS said.
The driver was still on scene when officers got there, and the trooper was able to identify him and the SUV involved in the chase, DPS said.
The driver, identified as 24-year-old Cesar Jaramillo-Garcia of Austin, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault on a public servant and evading arrest/detention with motor vehicle.
He was taken to Travis County Jail.
DPS said the chase is still under investigation by the Texas Highway Patrol and will be turned over to the Travis County District Attorney’s Office for a review after it’s finished.
DPS cleared the scene in the Rutland Village neighborhood around 4:30 a.m.
KXAN crews at the scene witnessed the DPS patrol car on a tow truck with significant damage to its front end. They towed the DPS vehicle and the Land Rover away from the scene between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m.
Authorities say no one was hurt during the chase.