A 15-year-old New Braunfels burglary suspect died around 2 a.m. today during a high-speed police chase on Highway 46 South.
The teen was allegedly trying to evade arrest after New Braunfels Police Department (NBPD) officers, who were responding to reports of multiple vehicle burglaries in the River Tree subdivision, tried to pull him over for an “investigative stop” in the 900 block of Highway 46, heading west toward Seguin.
In a statement, NBPD said the suspect fled, turning right on Mary’s Boulevard where his vehicle struck a utility pole head-on and caught on fire.
Officers were able to pull him from the burning vehicle but the teen was unconscious and not breathing. CPR was performed until an ambulance arrived, but responders could not resuscitate the driver.
Guadalupe County Justice of the Peace Sheryl Sachtleben was contacted and no autopsy was ordered. Next of kin has been notified.
No officers were injured in this incident. The NBPD Traffic Unit and Criminal Investigations Division responded to the location to conduct the preliminary investigation. Hwy 46 South was closed for approximately three hours, reopening at 5:15 a.m.