The San Marcos Police Department responded to a call involving a stolen vehicle on Tuesday morning which led to a collision and a highway chase.
Officers were called to action at 2:24 a.m. when the owner of a GMC pickup reported that it was being driven away from the property at Sienna Pointe Apartments on Hunter Road. Of the four Austin juvenile suspects, three have been arrested and one of the suspects remains at large.
After searching the area, patrol officers approached four vehicles lined up on Hunters Hill Road with the GMC at the back. The vehicles then sped off, resulting in two of the vehicles colliding near McCarty. Drivers of the vehicles were arrested, while the two other vehicles led officers on a pursuit north on IH-35 to Austin. One of the drivers abandoned the vehicle in Austin and was arrested on foot, with the help of the Austin Police Department.
The last remaining vehicle led officers into a residential section of Austin and was abandoned by an identified Austin resident. The vehicle driven by the suspect was stolen from Austin, while two of the vehicles were stolen from a San Marcos residential area with the keys left inside.
SMPD is advising residents to lock their vehicles, taking their valuable belongings and car keys with them, and hide any valuables away from sight or securing them in the trunk or glove compartment.
“The beginning of the semester is an active time for vehicle burglaries and thefts,” said Bob Klett, SMPD Assistant Chief of Police. “We’re asking all residents, especially newcomers and students, to protect their valuables and safeguard their vehicles.”