A 20-year-old man was arrested after he led police on a low-speed chase that ended with a standoff near a park in north San Angelo last night.
On Wednesday, April 16, 2014, just after 7:00 p.m., a representative from the Winters Police Department contacted San Angelo Public Safety Communications to request assistance with locating a man who was the subject of a Telephone Harassment Investigation. The man, identified as Derrik Juarez (DOB 11-15-93), was allegedly threatening to do harm and may have had a weapon with him. Winters Police further advised dispatch that Juarez was currently in San Angelo, driving a maroon colored Ford Focus.
Winters Police continued to update San Angelo Police about Juarez's potential whereabouts and during a search of the area, officers located Juarez's vehicle traveling near 19th and Chadbourne Street. Officers activated their patrol units? lights and sirens in an attempt to stop Juarez; however, Juarez refused to stop and led police on a low-speed chase that ended in a parking lot in the 2100 block of Martin Luther King Blvd, adjacent to Martin Luther King Park.
Officers attempted to negotiate a peaceful surrender with Juarez; however, Juarez refused to exit his vehicle and made several verbal threats towards officers. Out of concern for the park patrons? safety, police called for the evacuation of the park for the duration of the incident.
Winters Police Officers arrived to the location, and after several hours of negotiations, Juarez surrendered without further incident. A Tom Green County Sheriff Deputy assisted with the incident as well. A weapon was never located.
While en route to the Tom Green County Jail, Juarez complained of an injury and was subsequently transported to Shannon Medical Center by ambulance. After his release from medical care, Juarez was transported to the Tom Green County Jail and charged with Fleeing a Police Officer and Class B Misdemeanor Driving While License Invalid with Previous Conviction.