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Police tried to arrest the driver of stolen van outside a Jack in the Box in Austin, an affidavit says.

The driver of the stolen van hit a parked Dodge Charger twice, the affidavit says.

A woman sitting in her vehicle was injured Wednesday after the driver of a stolen van hit her car twice, including once after police had stunned him near the drive-through lane of an Austin fast food restaurant, an arrest affidavit said.

The driver of the stolen van, Rocky Wayne Huff, 26, of Manor, was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and unauthorized use of a vehicle. The assault charge is a second-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison. The unauthorized use of a vehicle charge is a state jail felony punishable by up to two years in prison.

The woman who was injured told police she had pain in one of her shoulders, the affidavit said.

It said the incident began when authorities in Round Rock “asked Austin police for help in finding a stolen 2017 Dodge van they had tracked to Austin.”

Austin police officers found the stolen van around 9:31 a.m. Tuesday in line behind two other cars in the drive-through lane of a Jack in the Box restaurant near McNeil Drive and San Felipe Boulevard, the affidavit said. The officers blocked the drive-through lane with their patrol cars to keep the the stolen vehicle from escaping, according to the affidavit. One of the officers then walked to the front of the van, pointed his gun at the driver and passenger, and asked them to put their hands up, the affidavit said.

It said the passenger complied but the driver, later identified as Huff, refused.

It said Huff suddenly turned the wheels of the stolen van to the right and crashed into the rear of a Dodge Charger parked in front.

One of the officers ran after the van, but Huff put the vehicle in reverse and rammed into another car parked behind him, the affidavit said. When Huff began to drive the vehicle forward again, the officer caught up, broke one of the stolen vehicle’s windows with his baton and used his stun gun on Huff, the affidavit said.

The van continued to move forward and bumped into the same Dodge Charger it had already hit once, according to the affidavit.

Huff was arrested afterward, the document said.

The Austin Police Department did not immediately respond Wednesday to a request for comment about the use of force policy officers are asked to follow when using stun guns.

The driver of the Dodge Charger that was hit twice later told police she initially heard the officer approach the stolen van and give commands to the occupants to put their hands up, the affidavit said. She said she was looking into her rear-view mirror when she saw the van crash into her vehicle from behind, according to the affidavit.

It said she told police she was “in fear for her life,” when Huff struck her vehicle twice.

Huff also hit a second car during the confrontation with the police, but the driver of that car said she was “not struck that hard,” the affidavit said.

Huff was being held in the Williamson County Jail Wednesday with bail set at $60,000.



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