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Suspect in custody after hitting patrol car, leading officers on chase, officials say

The driver was in a white SUV headed southbound on Interstate 45 weaving in and out of traffic.
Credit: Dallas police
Efren Medina, 23.

Updated at 9:25 a.m. Saturday with suspect's name and charges he faces. 

A driver who was suspected of theft and hit a Dallas police patrol vehicle was taken into custody Friday evening, after leading officers on a chase through southern Dallas and running into an apartment complex. 

Dallas police said officers were following 23-year-old Efren Medina in a vehicle who was believed to be involved in a burglary. The incident began around 4 p.m. at 8300 S. Lancaster Road. 

Medina initially drove a white SUV southbound on Interstate 45, weaving in and out of traffic, to southern Dallas County. The car then changed course and headed back north toward the City of Dallas. 

Eventually, Medina exited I-45 and took a side street. He got out of the SUV, jumped a fence, and ran into an apartment complex at 3550 East Overton Road.

Medina was possibly hiding in a building nearby, police said at 6 p.m.Officers were at the apartment complex searching for him. 

Around 8:35 p.m., police told WFAA that Medina was taken into custody. 

Authorities said he faces several charges, including burglary of a motor vehicle, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, accident causing damage, and evading arrest.  

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