State troopers arrest man accused of ramming police car during chase


AUSTIN (KXAN) — A warrant has been issued for a man accused of ramming two police vehicles as he drove off to evade arrest.

According to the warrant, the driver, identified as Ranulfo Benitez, was pursued by two troopers with their lights on while traveling southbound on Intersate Highway 35. Troopers say that the driver of the gold-colored Saturn was unable to maintain its lane, was veering without signaling and nearly scraped the jersey wall. 

The car reportedly continued driving, taking the exit for Buda before it slowed down, as if to stop for the troopers to perform a traffic stop. The vehicle then accelerated to around 100 miles-per-hour and drove back onto I-35 before taking the exit prior to Kyle and heading east into a county road community. 

Officers set off down the county road before the vehicle looped back around and bulleted back onto I-35 southbound. The car — moving with its lights off — took an exit near Slaughter Creek and pulled into the Farmhouse Apartments complex, where, while trying to loop around to escape the parking lot, the vehicle rammed a Buda PD Unit, went into reverse and struck a DPS Unit front end. 

Benitez then reportedly stopped the vehicle and emerged with his hands in the air. He was reported to display signs of heavy intoxication, including slurred speech, staggered walking and an odor of alcohol on his breath. Open containers were also found in the vehicle.

After being cleared by Travis County EMS, he was taken into custody.

No one was injured in the pursuit. 

Benitez’s bond is set at $20,000 on a felony 3 evading arrest charge. 

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