A man was arrested Wednesday afternoon after he led Texas Department of Public Safety troopers on a 35-minute chase through two counties, DPS Sgt. Robbie Barrera said.

A trooper tried to stop the driver of a silver sedan at 1:13 p.m. in McLennan County after the trooper noticed the vehicle traveling too close to another car, Barrera said. She said she is unsure of where the trooper spotted the moving violation, but the driver sped away from the trooper for an unknown reason, initiating a pursuit.

Barrera said the driver led troopers into Hill County, then got on Interstate 35 south and headed back into McLennan County. The driver tried to exit at University Parks Drive but was involved in at least one crash with a tractor-trailer, she said.

"The man jumped out of the car and started running," Barrera said. "Troopers were able to take the man into custody shortly after."

Southbound traffic on I-35 was slowed for several miles as officers investigated the pursuit and crash. Connally Independent School District implemented a precautionary "shelter-in-place" warning at Connally Elementary School during the chase for a short time.

Barrera said the man was arrested on an evading arrest charge. She did not know the man's identity. The investigation remains ongoing, and additional charges may be pending.

Kristin Hoppa has been covering public safety and breaking news for the Tribune-Herald since January 2016. She worked in Northwest Missouri covering crime-related issues before her move to Central Texas. She is a University of Kansas graduate.

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