Man allegedly running from BCSO MP dies in car crash on West Side Street

SAN ANTONIO – A man who allegedly tried to escape from a Bexar County sheriff’s deputy early Thursday morning died after his car crashed on a West Side road.

The accident occurred shortly before one in the morning on Military Street, not far from Marbach Road.

The driver apparently lost control of the vehicle, crashed into a power pole, blowing it off about 12 feet, and then struck a parked tow truck.

The man, believed to be in his 20s and 30s, jumped out of the car and died, according to sheriff’s investigators.

Sheriff Javier Salazar later spoke to the media that his deputy never participated in the pursuit of the man.

He says the deputy initiated the traffic stop when he saw the driver was speeding and then noticed what looked like a small bag of drugs in his car.

Salazar says the driver handed the bag of pills to the deputy, but then stopped cooperating.

“The suspect then indicated to the policeman that he had a gun, at which point the policeman verbally asked him to get out of the car,” he said. “The suspect said ‘no’ and then drove away at high speed.”

Salazar said that by the time the deputy ran back to his car, he had lost sight of the driver.

As the deputy drove through the streets, Salazar said he came across debris about a mile from where he stopped.

Investigators are continuing to work on identifying the man.

According to Salazar, the deputy is currently on administrative leave, and then will be in administrative mode until the investigation is completed.

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