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Domestic Violence Suspect Steals, Crashes Police Vehicle

San Angelo, TX – Police have arrested a domestic violence suspect who stole a police car and then crashed it into a house early on Wednesday morning.

The incident began at about 2 a.m. on Nov. 3 when San Angelo police officers responded to a domestic disturbance complaint at a home in the 600-block of Macann Street, San Angelo Live reported.

When officers arrived on the scene, they found 24-year-old Michael Rodriguez sitting on the front porch.

Officers approached Rodriguez and he fled into the residence and ran out the back door, San Angelo Live reported.

Rodriguez encountered an officer in the back yard as he attempted to escape out the rear of the property.

The officer attempted to apprehend the suspect but sustained an injury in the process that permitted Rodriguez to get away, San Angelo Live reported.

Rodriguez ran to a parked, unoccupied San Angelo police vehicle and jumped inside.

He fled the scene in the stolen police vehicle, San Angelo Live reported.

A slow-speed chase through the city ensued but ultimately ended when Rodriguez lost control of the vehicle and crashed it into the side of a residence in the 1500-block of Woodruff, KTXS reported.

Rodriguez was taken into custody at the crash scene and then transported to Shannon Medical Center for treatment of non-incapacitating injuries he sustained when he wrecked the stolen police vehicle, San Angelo Live reported.

He was cleared by the hospital and taken to the Tom Green County Detention Facility for processing.

Rodriguez was charged with violating a bond/protective order, evading arrest/detention with serious bodily injury, and evading arrest/detention in a motor vehicle, San Angelo Live reported.

He was held on a $105,000 bond, KTXS reported.

San Angelo police said Rodriguez was also wanted on warrants from multiple counties at the time of his arrest.

Police said additional charges may be levied after the investigation is completed, San Angelo Live reported.

The officer who was injured at the scene was also transported to Shannon Medical Center for treatment and later released.

Written by
Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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