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A Beaumount man found in possession of narcotics and wanted on two blue warrants led law enforcement officials on an hour-long vehicle pursuit last Thursday.
A routine traffic stop was initiated on the driver, who was later identified as 33-year-old Xavier Jimenez, by Atascosa County deputies on FM 140.
It was during the verification of Jimenez’ identity with dispatchers that the deputy learned Jimenez was wanted on two warrants for possession of narcotics in another county.
According to a report on the case, Jimenez fled the scene in his 2003 Chevrolet SUV, which resulted in an hour-long, multi-agency high-speed chase across county lines.
Frio County sheriff’s deputies, Highway Patrol troopers and Pct. 2 Constable Rudy Ortegon joined Atascosa County sheriff’s deputies in the pursuit.
Jimenez drove along a number of county roads in his attempt to evade law enforcement, but his evasion tactics failed when Frio County deputies deployed road spikes near the San Miguel Creek bridge.
Officers have reported that Jimenez was “acting suspiciously” before climbing out of the vehicle and that a state trooper had spotted the behavior and warned fellow officers of a potential threat.
“He is jumping from the driver’s seat to the passenger’s seat,” the trooper warned. “Just be careful.”
Officers discovered a quantity of narcotics when they examined the abandoned vehicle. The suspect was arrested and transported to the Atascosa County Jail. He faces a number of felony charges for possession of narcotics and fleeing police officers.