AUSTIN, Texas -- Police say a man and woman have been killed after a suspected drunken driver fleeing from arrest crashed through barricades set up for the South By Southwest festival and struck the pair and others on a crowded street.
Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo says 23 others were injured, five of them critically, in the incident around 12:30 a.m. Thursday. He says the two people who died were on a mo-ped that the motorist hit along with pedestrians who were leaving a club where a concert had been held.
Police Chief Art Acevedo details what happened with the suspect:
March 13, 2014: Art Acevedo, Chief of the Austin Police Department, gives details on the suspect involved in the fatal crash at the South By Southwest festival in which two people were killed and nearly two dozen others hurt. KEYE
The chief says the man also struck a cab before jumping out of his car and trying to run. Officers shocked him with a stun gun and took him into custody.
Acevedo says the man faces two counts of capital murder.