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I-35 Arrest

Man arrested for throwing objects off I-35 overpass in Central Austin

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While Tuesday's suspect hasn't been connected yet with the earlier rock throwing incidents, APD warns drivers to continue being vigilant. Courtesy of Austin Police Department/Facebook

On Tuesday night the Austin Police Department arrested a man after receiving a call reporting someone throwing objects off of the Interstate 35 overpass near 38th 1/2 Street.

Police responded to the scene at around 7:45 pm and arrested a suspect who matched the description given to emergency dispatchers. The man, whose name hasn’t been released by APD, was arrested for having outstanding warrants. Afterwards, it was determined that he had thrown empty grocery bags from the overpass.

The arrest comes one week after APD asked for the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect who threw large rocks at motorists on I-35. One man was severely injured when he was struck by a rock on June 14, and three other vehicles were struck along the same stretch of the I-35 lower deck in the early morning of July 27. The individual arrested on Tuesday night has not been connected to those earlier incidents.

APD encourages drivers to stay vigilant along I-35 and other area bridges and overpasses. The public needs to be aware of anyone near the road throwing objects that could hit and endanger motorists. Police say the public's diligence in reporting objects being thrown has been good, KXAN reports. 

Anyone with information on the rock throwing incidents from June and July is asked to call the Region 1 Detectives at 512-974-5320. 

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