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Felony suspects in BSCO pursuit identified

According to authorities, the chase began when deputies attempted a traffic stop in northeast San Antonio.

SAN ANTONIO — Bexar County law enforcement officials say two people are in custody after a Thursday pursuit involving deputies that ended in a collision on I-35 near Eisenhauer. 

Shortly after 6 p.m., BCSO officials said, street crime deputies noticed a truck making "numerous hazardous traffic violations" near Austin Highway and Lanark Drive, but when they attempted a traffic stop the vehicle began to evade them. It eventually ended up driving the wrong way on I-35 before colliding with another vehicle head-on. 

The driver of the vehicle, 37-year-old Mario Mendoza, jumped out of the truck while it was still moving and suffered facial injuries. Between him and the passenger, 32-year-old David Eifert, who were both eventually arrested by deputies, they had numerous felony warrants, BCSO says. 

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David Eifert
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Mario Mendoza Jr.

Meanwhile, a San Antonio Police officer helping to direct traffic in the area after the pursuit ended was accidentally struck and pinned between two vehicles. SAPD Chief William McManus said he was hospitalized Thursday evening, adding his officers would not have engaged in a pursuit for traffic violations.