Man arrested, accused of driving while intoxicated after car chase in Wimberley


HAYS COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — No one was hurt after a Hays County Sheriff’s Office deputy fired a gun following a car chase Tuesday night.

HCSO said around 7 p.m., a deputy tried to make a traffic stop for a violation on Ranch Road 12 in Wimberley. The driver of the car fled from the deputy, and a chase started.

HCSO said the suspect was chased on parts of FM 3237 and FM 150, as well as Ranch Road 12. It ended when deputies stopped the suspect’s car in the 180000 block of Ranch Road 12.

According to a tweet from Charlie Wilkinson, the executive director of the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas, the chase ended with a PIT maneuver and a crash.

Once the suspect’s car stopped, a deputy fired one round from his pistol, the sheriff’s office said. No one was hit.

HCSO said 35-year-old Charles Howard III was arrested and booked into Hays County Jail. He is charged with driving while intoxicated, evading arrest with a vehicle, resisting arrest and reckless driving.

The case is still under investigation, the sheriff’s office said.

This is the 74th officer-involved shooting CLEAT has responded to in Texas this year, Wilkinson said.

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