A Winters man was charged with two counts of assault on a public servant after reportedly stealing a pickup from a business in Winters on Saturday, Nov. 18, according to Runnels County Sheriff Carl Squyres.

A Winters man was charged with two counts of assault on a public servant after reportedly stealing a pickup from a business in Winters on Saturday, Nov. 18, according to Runnels County Sheriff Carl Squyres.

Mario Esquivel, 30, was arrested and charged with two counts of assault on a public servant, resisting arrest, obstruction and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. He remained in custody Monday, Nov 27, on bonds totalling $68,000.

According to reports, the owner of the pickup heard his vehicle starting in the parking lot and witnessed the suspect driving away. He gave chase and called 911.

“He was chasing his own vehicle,” Squyres said.

Esquivel continued to flee and finally stopped in the parking lot of the Dollar Store and fled on foot. By this time, the Winters Police Department, Department of Public Safety and the Texas Parks and Wildlife had joined in the chase.

While running from law enforcement, he entered the Dollar Store, reportedly stole a 30-pack of beer and continued to flee, Squyres said.

He was apprehended in the 200 block of Melwood St. in Winters, where he was reportedly combative with law enforcement.

On Monday, a warrant for arson was obtained due to reports that he attempted to set the inside of the patrol car he was in, on fire. Bond for that charge had not been set at press time.