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Suspect who stole fire department pickup truck leads officers on high-speed chase

Fire department pickup truck stolen on Thursday, October 11, 2018. (Photo: Sinclair Broadcast Group)

One man was arrested following a high-speed chase along I-35 involving a stolen fire department pickup truck.

According to the San Antonio Fire Department, first responders were on the scene of an incident in the downtown area when someone walked up and jumped into a fire department pickup truck that was left running and drove away.

San Antonio police Chief William McManus said the truck hit several parked cars before leading officers on a chase that hit speeds of nearly 100 miles per hour. There was also at least one report that the truck nearly hit a person on an electric scooter.

Eventually, the chase led officers onto I-35 northbound. The suspect side-swiped an 18-wheeler, causing the truck to crash near the Loop 1604 interchange. That's where police caught up to the suspect.

The suspect, only described as a 26-year-old Hispanic man, was taken into custody and faces various charges.

A fire department spokesperson later said the pedestrian suffered a minor arm injury.

I-35 northbound was closed while police investigated the incident. The main lanes of traffic reopened by 10 a.m.

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