SAN ANTONIO - In the last seven days in Bexar County, there have been at least three high-speed chases involving sheriff's deputies.
On Wednesday, for the first time, innocent victims were caught up in the chaos and the crash that ended the pursuit.
A woman limping away from the wreckage of her SUV declined to talk about the way her day crashed to a stop, but she did say she believed she would be alright after being checked out on scene by EMS.
A spokesman for BCSO said the incident started around 9:30 a.m. at FM 1346 near Foster Road in east Bexar County when a deputy on patrol noticed that a small, black sedan had no front license plate.
That deputy tried to initiate a traffic stop to talk to the driver, but they said the driver took off at a high rate of speed, traveling westbound on FM 1346.
Deputies said when the driver got to the intersection of Loop 410 he took a very wrong turn, right into the path of an oncoming SUV.
The fleeing sedan wiped out the front end of the SUV and then crashed into a pole.
Deputies said they caught and handcuffed the driver of the car right away, but his passenger ran into a nearby neighborhood and was apprehended with the help of ground, air and K-9 officers.
Deputies said they saw items being tossed from the car during the pursuit and then found drug packing material and $2,000 in cash in the car.
Both suspects were checked by medical personnel on the scene because there was a concern that they may have ingested evidence of narcotics during the chase, but deputies said they were in good health.
The two suspects got a ride to jail, but there is no word yet on what kind of felony charges they might be facing.
The two innocent victims got a ride to safety, catching a ride with a deputy.
A spokesman said Sheriff Javier Salazar is out of town and unavailable to talk about his policy regarding high speed pursuits since is the third chase in a week.
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