Deputy Hurt in Early Morning Chase

A dramatic end to an early Monday Morning chase in Southwest Bexar County.

It began with a deputy stopping a truck near Von Ormey with a broken tail light–which had been reported stolen.

“When the driver pulled over, the deputy got out and began approaching the vehicle. The driver then took off” said James Keith with the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office.

From there, the chase was on.

“The driver reached speeds of up to 110 miles per hour before finally crashing at the intersection of Lovett and Crittendon” Keith told KTSA News. Even at that point–in that neighborhood near MIlitary Drive–the man behind the wheel of the truck wasn’t ready to give up.

“The driver then put the truck in reverse, rammed a deputy’s unit–then he drove forward and rammed another deputy’s unit” Keith said.

Even then, it wasn’t over. Keith said deputies were forced to fight with 28-year old James Juarez to finally get him out of the truck.

“He (Juarez) did suffer some cuts–that required some stitches. He was taken to University Hospital for treatment. One of the deputies who was involved in the pursuit also suffered some minor injuries. Fortunately though, he was treated at the scene” Keith said.

Juarez faces a number of charges, including theft of a vehicle, aggravated assault, and felony evading.

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