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High-speed chase ends in crash
Police arrested a San Antonio man on Friday, April 2, after he allegedly threw his female passenger and money out of a moving car on Roosevelt Street in Pearsall.
Local officers were attempting to effect the traffic stop of a 2013 Cadillac on Comal Street when the vehicle driver initiated a high-speed pursuit. Reports indicate the man was driving recklessly while police followed.
The driver, identified later as 33-year-old Orlando Cuevas, drove his sedan into a car wash on Comal Street and then drove away again at high speed along the busy thoroughfare, eastbound towards the downtown area.
Cuevas reportedly reached speeds of 75 mph, ran through several stop signs and a red traffic light at the Oak St. intersection.
According to a report on the case, officers witnessed several items being tossed through the driver-side window during the chase through residential neighborhoods.
At one point, Cuevas lost control of his sedan and drove onto a lot at the intersection of Rio Grande and Roosevelt.
Once on the east side of town, Cuevas slowed down just enough to push his female passenger out of the car at the intersection of Colorado and Roosevelt. The woman was found with serious injuries and had $6,000 in cash thrown around her.
The woman was transported to Frio Regional Hospital and is currently not facing any charges.
Cuevas continued his quest to evade police but eventually wrecked the sedan in Atascosa County, where he was taken into custody.
Cuevas was transported back to Frio County where deputies discovered $2,300 and narcotics in the vehicle. He faces a third-degree felony charge for evading arrest with a motor vehicle; additional charges for the possession of narcotics are pending.