High-speed chase ends near Alton

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POSTED: Monday, May 12, 2014 - 3:40pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 8:29am

A man is in custody after he allegedly led Hidalgo County Sheriff's deputies on a high-speed chase last night. 

Investigators say the chase began near FM 2221 and Tom Gill Road in Peñitas. A deputy stopped a red pickup truck for a broken light. Investigators say some people jumped out of the car and the driver sped off alone in the pickup. 

"It was approximately six to seven people that fled from the vehicle during the initial traffic stop," said J.P. Rodriguez of the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office. "That's the information that we have right now." 

The chase concluded in a rural area north of Alton. Just north of the intersection of La Homa Road and 10 mile line. 

"Now in that area, the suspect vehicle it rammed through a fence," Rodriguez said. "Some of the deputies were able to exit their vehicle."

At the end of the high-speed chase, shots were fired in the open field. The Sheriff's Office says it will look into charges of aggravated assault on a public servant.

"At some point during the chase, the suspect made some movements with the vehicle that were an imminent threat to the safety of our deputies," Rodriguez said. "At which point shots were fired." 

Deputies shot the suspect inside the truck. He was taken to a local hospital for what officials say are non-life threatening injuries. 

They would not elaborate on what caused deputies to open fire, although a gun was found inside the suspect's truck. The deputy involved in the shooting will be put on administrative duty for three days after the shooting. That's part of Sheriff's office policy. 

"More than likely that's determined as an in-house assignment," Rodriguez said. "Pending the results of the investigation."

 

Charges will be given to the suspect after he is released from the hospital.  

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