Man es­capes, briefly, fol­low­ing ar­rest

Still in hand­cuffs, he fled to green­belt, un­de­terred by Taser

Austin American-Statesman - - METRO & STATE - By Clau­dia Grisales cgrisales@states­; 9 2-5933

An Austin man who es­caped in hand­cuffs af­ter his ar­rest in South­west Austin and eluded of­fi­cials for sev­eral hours Wed­nes­day morn­ing is back in cus­tody, a Travis County sher­iff ’s of­fice spokesman said.

Todd Michael Zurovetz, 22, was found in South Austin by Sun­set Val­ley po­lice of­fi­cers shortly be­fore 8:30 a.m. Wed­nes­day, about six hours af­ter he es­caped, sher­iff’s Capt. Art Car­de­nas said.

Zurovetz had ma­neu­vered his hand­cuffs from back to front and took off run­ning, Car­de­nas said.

“He bolted out, and they tried to Taser him,” Car­de­nas said. “They hit him with a Taser, but it didn’t have an ef­fect.”

The es­cape trig­gered an early morn­ing search by the sher­iff’s of­fice, an Austin po­lice ca­nine unit and heli­copter, and the West Lake Hills and Sun­set Val­ley po­lice de­part­ments, Car­de­nas said.

The in­ci­dent won’t trig­ger a for­mal re­view, Car­de­nas said, though deputies in­volved will be de­briefed on the in­ci­dent to see what im­prove­ments, if any, can be made. For now, it ap­pears of­fi­cers acted ap­pro­pri­ately, Car­de­nas said.

Zurovetz was ini­tially ar­rested at 1:45 a.m. Wed­nes­day af­ter po­lice re­ceived a 911 call about a sus­pi­cious per­son in the 7600 block of Summervale Drive, off FM 1826 near West Slaugh­ter Lane, Car­de­nas said. Zurovetz was found to have an out­stand­ing war­rant for bur­glary of a ve­hi­cle, Car­de­nas said.

As a deputy was tak­ing Zurovetz to jail, he moved his hand­cuffed wrists from be­hind his back for­ward and tried to kick out the win­dows of the deputy’s ve­hi­cle, Car­de­nas said.

The deputy pulled over near MoPac Boule­vard (Loop 1) and Cap­i­tal of Texas High­way (Loop 360), Car­de­nas said. As an­other deputy and a Sun­set Val­ley po­lice of­fi­cer tried to help se­cure him, Zurovetz took off to­ward the green­belt — even af­ter he was hit with a Taser, Car­de­nas said.

A deputy slipped and hurt his back while chas­ing Zurovetz, Car­de­nas said. The deputy was treated at a hos­pi­tal and re­leased.

At 8:25 a.m., Sun­set Val­ley po­lice ar­rested Zurovetz about two miles from the point of the es­cape in the 1800 block of Fort View Road, near Man­chaca Road and Ben White Boule­vard, Car­de­nas said. Zurovetz, who had es­caped shirt­less, was still in hand­cuffs, Car­de­nas said.

Car­de­nas said this isn’t the first run-in deputies have had with Zurovetz.

“We have dealt with him sev­eral times,” Car­de­nas said. “The deputies that work that area have en­coun­tered him be­fore.”

Zurovetz was be­ing held in the Travis County Jail on two charges, in­clud­ing a past charge for bur­glary of a ve­hi­cle as well as a charge of es­cape caus­ing bod­ily in­jury, a sec­ond-de­gree felony, ac­cord­ing to jail records.

Todd Michael Zurovetz Re­cap­tured about six hours af­ter es­cape.

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