Driver gets into accident after allegedly fleeing police
A 29-year-old Austin man was transported to Mayo Clinic Health System-Austin on Monday after getting into an accident while allegedly fleeing law enforcement.
According to Austin Police Chief David McKichan, officers were dispatched to the 900 block of West Oakland Avenue at about 1:34 p.m. on Monday on a report that a male appeared to be driving under the influence. Dispatch was given a license plate that matched that of a black 2008 Dodge Avenger.
Officers located the vehicle parked and unoccupied in the 700 block of First Avenue Northwest. They observed a male get into the driver’s seat and begin driving eastbound on First Avenue Northwest. The vehicle was driving on the north side of the road and then turned north onto Sixth Street Northwest.
An officer got behind the vehicle as it was stopped in the right hand side of Sixth Street Northwest at Third Avenue Northwest, partially in the intersection. The officer saw the male moving around in the vehicle and then turn left without signaling and began driving down the middle of the road. The officer activated his emergency lights to conduct a traffic stop, but the vehicle sped off, continuing westbound on Third Avenue Northwest. The officer shut his lights off when it was apparent that the vehicle was attempting to evade him.
The officer observed the vehicle then turn south onto 11th Street Northwest and found it stopped in the intersection of 11th Street and Second Avenue Northwest. The officer again activated his emergency lights and attempted to order the driver out of the vehicle with another squad car parked in front. The vehicle began to move again and continued south past the officer in front and then turned east onto First Avenue Northwest.
The officer again shut off his emergency lights and observed the vehicle turn south onto 10th Street Northwest. As the officer turned south, he observed the vehicle crash into a 2013 Plymouth Town and Country van at the intersection of 11th Street and Second Avenue Northwest.
The driver of the van, an 88-year-old male, suffered a laceration and bruising to his left arm.
The suspect driver, who had a canceled-IPS driving status, attempted to leave the scene, but was apprehended by a Mower County deputy assisting on the call. The driver, who appeared impaired, was transported to the emergency room.
McKichan did not release the suspects name as possible charges are pending after a review by the Mower County Attorney’s office.