New Braunfels police on Monday arrested three men who allegedly broke into a truck in a restaurant parking lot at the Creekside Shopping Center, stole a handgun and led them on a chase down I-35 to FM 3009.
Officers were called to the 2900 block of Cold Spring Drive near the intersection of FM 306 and I-35 around 7 p.m. They attempted to apprehend the men, who were riding in a silver Nissan Altima.
The suspects fled the scene and police pursued them south, down I-35, off the highway into the downtown New Braunfels area, then back onto southbound I-35.
The chase ended after one of the Altima’s tires blew out. With the help of a tactical vehicle intervention, the suspects were stopped just before FM 3009.
The men were arrested and booked into Comal County Jail.
The driver, 32-year-old Matthew Sandoz of San Antonio, was charged with burglary of a vehicle, theft of a firearm, and evading arrest in a vehicle. He was released on $20,000 in bonds from the three charges.
Passengers Felipe Jesus Tijerina, 36, of Grand Prairie, and George Michael Rodriguez, 26, of San Antonio, were charged with burglary of a vehicle and theft of a firearm.
Rodriguez is out on $10,000 in bonds. Tijerina remains in county jail.
Additional charges may be pending.