Austin police officer involved in crash with ‘reckless driver’

Christoper Williams (Hays County Jail Photo)
Christoper Williams (Hays County Jail Photo)

BUDA, Texas (KXAN) — An Austin police officer on his way home from work was hit by a driver he was trying to pull over Friday morning.

The off-duty officer was driving westbound on Farm to Market 967 in Buda when he was almost hit by a man, identified as Christopher Williams, 28, who driving in the middle of the road around 6:20 a.m. When the officer turned on his police lights and tried to pull the driver over, he lost sight of the suspect. It is not clear if the officer was in a marked patrol car or not.

A few minutes later, the officer spotted the vehicle getting on southbound Interstate 35 at the 220 entrance ramp. Buda police say Williams “rammed” into the side of the officer’s patrol car near the Robert S. Light overpass, causing the officer to crash into the center median. The suspect then drove across the median and ended up crashing on the frontage road of I-35.

A spokesperson for the Austin Police Department said their officer was not injured. Buda police say the suspect was taken to the hospital for treatment. Williams is charged with aggravated assault against a public servant.

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