Teen accused of running over other teen after chase in southeast Austin

Andrew Franco

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A 17-year-old is accused of running over another teenager following a chase in southeast Austin Sunday, according to an arrest warrant affidavit. 

One of the victims told police he and others were at a gas station and “out of nowhere some guy started chasing a friend that was with them,” according to the affidavit. The suspect, 17-year-old Andrew Alfredo Franco, told police he did go to that gas station.

“He stated, these dudes I’ve been having trouble with, I ran into them at the Valero,” according to an affidavit. Franco told police a girl had come up to ask him for marijuana, then a bunch of people came up to his car and surrounded him. Franco drove off, but then told police he came back, and that when he did someone pulled out a knife. 

The group drove off, and Franco followed, according to the affidavit. The driver of the other car, a white Nissan, told police Franco had tried to crash into them as they drove.

“‘I was chasing them because I was mad’!” Franco told police, according to the affidavit.

A witness said he saw the Nissan four-door traveling north on Friedrich Lane turn onto Teri Road at a high speed, before losing control and crashing into a control box. The witness told police the people in the car got out and started running away.

That’s when the witness said a red Dodge SUV drove the same way and, after turning, went up on the curb and hit the other driver, who fell to the ground. The Dodge driver got out and yelled at the driver on the ground, then left, according to the affidavit.

As police were interviewing victims and witnesses they saw the Dodge drive back by the scene, and an officer stopped it and questioned Franco.

“[The officer] asked what happen (sic),” according to the affidavit. “Andrew [Franco] stated, ‘They wrecked out, and long story short, I’m not going to lie, I did something I wasn’t supposed to.’ What did you do? Andrew stated, ‘I didn’t mean to do it, but I bumped into the kid.'”

According to the affidavit, Franco told police he was trying to hit the person who had the knife but instead hit the driver.

Franco faces an aggravated assault with a motor vehicle charge. He is currently in custody in the Travis County Jail and bond is set at $30,000.

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