San Angelo Police are continuing their investigation into identifying and locating a man who fled a traffic stop last night.
At approximately 8:21 p.m., a San Angelo Police Officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle for expired registration near the 1100 block of Roosevelt. The vehicle pulled into the River Point Apartment complex when suddenly the driver opened the door and ran towards the Concho River. The vehicle, a grey 2004 Dodge Neon, was left in drive and continued to roll until it hit a tree? just missing a nearby carport.
The driver, described as a Hispanic male, approximately 5?08?, 150lbs, with a short haircut, continued to run into the Concho River where he swam across an exited on the west bank.
A perimeter of the area was established and multiple units, including a K9 Team, searched for the suspect but he was not located.
During a search of the vehicle, Officers located a loaded handgun, a small quantity of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and a wallet that was determined stolen during a prior incident.
The vehicle's registration sticker was also identified as belonging to a different vehicle and was seized. Attempts to contact the vehicle's registered owner were unsuccessful.
If you have any information about the identity of the suspect, call (325) 657-4264. Anonymous tips can be made online at http://bit.ly/SAPDTips247, via text: text TIP SAPD to 888777 and follow the prompts, or by phone at 1-855-TIPS-247.