Police investigating possible rock throwing on I-35 Saturday

I-35 lower/upper deck split (KXAN Photo)
I-35 lower/upper deck split (KXAN Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Austin Police Department is investigating a possible rock throwing case Saturday morning.

It happened in the 2200 block of the Interstate 35 lower deck at around 6:36 a.m.

Police believe the rock was thrown from the upper deck of the interstate. The rock hit the bumper of the vehicle and the driver was not injured.

An I-35 rock throwing suspect was arrested by police Friday morning. The police department said they did not believe he was responsible for all 83 cases they are currently investigating.

At an APD press conference on May 25, the department said, in coordination with TxDOT, they were considering the closure of the lower deck of I-35 through downtown during nighttime hours to deter possible rock throwing cases in that area.

Authorities offered the following safety tips:

  1. Be aware of your surroundings on I-35. If you are going to travel on the lower deck of I-35, use the outside lane instead of the inside lane. If you can find an alternate route, such as the upper deck, use it. Police believe the rocks are being thrown from vehicles traveling in the opposite direction.
  2. Spread word of the rock throwing incidents to friends and family.
  3. If you become a victim, pull over immediately where it’s safe to do so. Call 911 right away and record the time of the incident. Do not touch any potential evidence, including the rock thrown.

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