Travis County sheriff’s SUV rammed on I-35 in San Marcos

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SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) — A Travis County Sheriff’s Office SUV was rammed by another vehicle on Interstate 35 in San Marcos, Thursday morning.

At around 8:41 a.m., two deputies were on their way to San Antonio to attend a training class in their marked TCSO vehicle. As the deputies were driving through San Marcos, a Chevrolet Suburban passed them going over 95 miles per hour. The deputies changed lanes and got behind the suburban, but did not activate their lights or siren.

The sheriff’s office says the suspect, later identified as 57-year-old Carl Heiden Jr., in the suburban immediately braked. The deputies swerved out of the way to avoid a collision.

The suburban then got behind the deputies and rammed it, accelerating to around 105 miles per hour. After pushing the unit at least 1,400 feet at high speed, the suspect exited the highway in the New Braunfels area. Authorities say the TCSO deputies stopped their pursuit but called 911 to alert area law enforcement to the suspect vehicle.

A spokesperson for New Braunfels police say their officers spotted the suspect vehicle on Business I-35. The officers tried to pull the driver over, but he took off and the chase moved on to Loop 337, where speeds reached 90 to 100 mph. During the chase, the suspect blew through several red lights and ended up crashing into two cars at the intersection of State Highway 45 and Oak Run.

New Braunfels police ended their pursuit to help with the crash but they were able to get a license plate and alerted Comal County deputies to the address. No one was injured in the crash in New Braunfels.

A short time later, the Comal County Sheriff’s Office went to the 300 block of Bob White Lane where they found the driver and his vehicle. Police say Heiden tried to run away but deputies used a stun gun on him and took him into custody.

Heiden is in the Comal County Jail charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon against an officer, felony evading, felony failure to stop and render aid and resisting arrest. Records indicate Heiden has ben arrested numerous times in Comal County on a variety of charges. He had a previous charge of resisting arrest and several assault charges.

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