Ohio man hospitalized after crashing stolen vehicle in San Marcos

Michael Russell (Wayne County Sheriff's Office)
Michael Russell (Wayne County Sheriff's Office)

SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) — A call about a traffic crash on Interstate 35 in San Marcos turned into a foot chase involving a suspect wanted for stealing a vehicle from another state.

Witnesses told San Marcos police a driver in a 2004 Pontiac with Ohio plates was driving at high rate of speed when the driver lost control and slammed into a concrete barrier at the Posey Road exit around 7:18 a.m. After the suspect, identified as Michael Ray Russell, 30, crashed the car, police say he started walking along the northbound shoulder.

When a San Marcos officer found Russell, he tried to detain him but he ran off. Police say Russell ran across the freeway twice before being hit by a driver in a pickup truck. “The officer did not follow him through traffic, but was giving commands to stop running,” according to a press release.

Russell was originally taken to the hospital in Kyle but was flown to the Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas for treatment due to the extent of his injuries. He is currently in critical condition and on life support.

Detectives determined the car Russell was driving was reported stolen out of Wooster, Ohio, and he also had a warrant out of Michigan for Receiving Stolen Property–Motor Vehicle.

The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office tells KXAN Russell has been arrested 27 times since 2006.

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