On today’s date (10-28-20), at approximately 6:15pm, a New Braunfels Police officer on patrol in the 100 block of Rosa Parks Drive spotted a white Dodge Ram pickup truck that had been reported stolen out of New Braunfels earlier in the day. A traffic stop was initiated, but the driver of the vehicle failed to stop and fled at a high rate of speed, turning onto FM 725 in the direction of Klein Road.
As the fleeing driver approached the intersection of FM 725 and Union Wine Road, the vehicle crashed into the back of a red Ford Escape which was stopped at the intersection. The impact from that crash caused the Escape to enter the oncoming lanes of traffic where it was struck again, this time by a blue Dodge Ram pickup truck. Both the driver of the Escape (a 54-year old female from McQueeney) and the driver of the blue Ram (a 29-year old male from New Braunfels) were not injured in the crash.
Following the crash, the suspect driver exited the pickup truck and attempted to flee on foot but was quickly apprehended by officers and taken into custody without further incident. He has since been identified as 18-year old Jesus Romero from New Braunfels. The suspect, who was also uninjured in the accident, was then taken to the Comal County Jail and charged with Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle, Evading in a Vehicle, Hit & Run (Accident Involving Damage over $250), and Possession of Marijuana.
Portions of FM 725 and Union Wine Road in that area were closed by the NBPD Traffic Unit so that a full accident reconstruction could be conducted. NBPD always appreciates the patience of drivers when these types of investigations occur.