Austin man arrested after high-speed chase covering 3 counties, speeds over 100 mph

SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) — The Kerr County Sheriff’s Office is announcing the arrest of an Austin man after a high-speed chase reaching speeds over 100 miles per hour and covering three counties.

KCSO says Frankie Ortiz Zapata, 22, of Austin was riding a motorcycle in Gillespie County when a deputy tried to pull him over. But instead, investigators say Zapata kept going before crossing into Kerr County on Highway 16.

As Kerr County deputies got involved, it is reported that Zapata was spotted doing 93 miles per hour while still in Gillespie County. After Zapata was found in Kerr County, the chase continued at speeds between 50 to 120 miles per hour. The chase continued with Kerr County Sheriff’s Deputies in full pursuit in the 3400 block of Fredericksburg Road, and it tore through the 1700 block of Sidney Baker at similar speeds.

KCSO says the suspect continued south on Highway 16 until the motorcycle ran out of fuel and went off the road near the Bandera/Uvalde County line. By the time all was said and done, the chase had covered 57 miles.

Investigators say Zapata was found nearby without major injuries and arrested. The suspect was booked into the Kerr County jail on one count of evading arrest with a vehicle. Bond was set at $20,000.

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