Suspects who fled traffic stop still at large

Assistant News Editor

Officials do not have any further information regarding a traffic stop gone wrong on Interstate Highway 35 (IH-35).

Two men fled a traffic stop after being pulled over by a Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) officer, according to an April 9 University Star article.

“They were stopped for a traffic violation,” said Robbie Barrera, DPS public information trooper.

The officer walked to the window and asked to see the driver’s identification, Barrera said. The suspect did not produce identification and instead put the vehicle into drive.

“The trooper shot twice in the right rear tire, causing the driver of the pickup truck to drive across the frontage road into the grass field, where both the driver and the passenger fled,” Barrera said.

Barrera is not aware of any leads in the investigation.

“They’re still missing,” Barrera said of the two men. “We have no clues. It’s unknown as to why they fled the scene or anything of that nature.”

The case has been handed over to the Texas Rangers, Barrera said. She does not know how the rangers are proceeding with the investigation.

According to an April 13 email from DPS spokesman Tom Vinger, the Texas Rangers are investigating the incident, but no arrests have been made.

The San Marcos Police Department (SMPD) assisted April 9 in the search for the two men.

“We helped them with some perimeter support and some incident command support with one of our vehicles,” said Chase Stapp, SMPD police chief. “That was the limit of our involvement. We did have a canine up there as well.”

Stapp was impressed with the level of cooperation during the search.

“There were probably half a dozen or more different agencies out there,” Stapp said. “It’s just nice to know that we can count on one another to help out when something serious happens.”