Man Leads Austin Police on 20-Minute Chase

Man Leads Austin Police on 20-Minute Chase Photo: MGN Online .

August 20, 2018 01:03 PM

(ABC 6 News) - Austin police are looking for a man who led officers on a nearly 20-minute car chase covering most of the city.

According to the Austin Police Department, an officer tried to pull over a white Honda for a traffic stop just before 2 a.m. Sunday at the intersection of 1st Avenue and 4th Street northwest.


The officer turned the emergency lights on his squad car. However, when the driver pulled over, the officer decided to wait for back-up.

Before law enforcement could approach the vehicle, the driver drove off, leading police into southwest Austin, down Main Street and into southeast Austin, before pulling over for a second time on the 1200 block of 9th Street northeast.

The driver then got out of his car and followed officers’ orders to get down on the ground.

Austin Police Chief Brian Krueger said when the driver heard a police K9 barking, the suspect said “I’m not gonna get bit,” and got back into his car and drove off.

The man fled through northeast Austin, where police deployed stop sticks. The driver crashed his car through a chain link fence, flattened two clothesline poles and lost two tires. 

Since the vehicle was no longer suitable to drive, the man came to a halt on the 1800 block of East Oakland Avenue and fled on foot.

Police recognized him as 33-year-old Jose Renteria of Austin.

Officers said the license plates on his car did not match the vehicle, but the car was not stolen.

This is an ongoing investigation.

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