Partially blind man rams deputy unit, leads officials on multi-county pursuit

A man is in custody Friday after ramming a marked deputy vehicle and leading multiple agencies on a high-speed pursuit through two counties.

According to David Ferguson with the New Braunfels Police Department, 57-year-old Carl Edward Heiden, Jr. initiated the incident around 8:40 a.m. Thursday on Interstate 35 when he rammed a marked Travis County Sheriff's Office vehicle in Hays County.

Heiden, driving a Chevrolet Suburban, then accelerated, pushing the deputy vehicle down I-35 until it veered out of the roadway onto the shoulder of the interstate. At that point, the deputies inside of the patrol unit called for backup from multiple other agencies in the area, including the New Braunfels Police Department.

Shortly after ramming the deputies vehicle, Heiden, who is reportedly blind in his left eye, exited I-35 and was able to make it to Loop 337 in New Braunfels. Heiden then blew through multiple red lights and reached speeds of up to 100 mph, before trying to weave between two vehicles stopped at the light at Oak Run on Highway 46, said Ferguson.

At that point, police terminated the pursuit to work the traffic accident. But officers were able to notify the Comal County Sheriff's Office that Heiden may be headed to an address associated with the Suburban's license plate.

Deputies responded to the address in the 300 block of Bob White Lane and found Heiden pacing around the yard outside of the vehicle, said Captain Tommy Ward with the Comal County Sheriff's Office.

Capt. Ward said that as deputies attempted to approach Heiden, he became combative and attempted to take off on foot.  "His mannerisms were indicative of someone who was impaired," said Capt. Ward. "He was just totally disregarding all law enforcement."

Eventually, deputies were able to deploy a taser on Heiden and take him into custody.

Heiden was booked into the Comal County jail on a charge of resisting arrest or detention. He will also be facing felony charges in New Braunfels for evading in a vehicle and two charges of failure to stop and render aid. Heiden will also face two felony charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon against a law enforcement officer in Hays County.

(© 2016 KENS)


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