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Police nab two after pursuit, rollover crash
Two handcuffed suspects await treatment by members of the Wilson County Emergency Medical Services Jan. 2 following a crash on U.S. 181 and Crow Hill Road south of Floresville, which ended a high-speed police pursuit that began in Karnes County.
FLORESVILLE -- Charges are pending against a Beeville man who officials say led deputies from the Karnes County Sheriff’s Office on a high-speed pursuit Jan. 2 that ended on U.S. 181 near Crow Hill Road just south of the Floresville city limits.
Karnes County Sheriff Dwayne Villanueva said that at 12:38 p.m., someone reported seeing a reckless driver near the Walmart Supercenter on U.S. 181 in Kenedy. Karnes County Deputy Amanda Fanning and Investigator Troy Phillips then began pursuing a black Jeep Wrangler north toward Wilson County, at speeds of up to 95 mph.
Investigator Stephen Moore of the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that the Jeep’s driver was 20-year-old Jordan Martinez. His passenger, 21-year-old Amaris Martin, gave a statement to Moore following the incident, in which Martin said she and Martinez were to register for college that day. However, she said that Martinez struck the rear of a vehicle in Karnes County and left the scene, side-swiping a second vehicle as he fled northbound on U.S. 181.
Moore said Martin reported that she repeatedly told Martinez to pull over and stop as deputies were pursuing them. Shortly after entering Wilson County, the Jeep struck a vehicle on U.S. 181 near the intersection of C.R. 203 north of Falls City.
Just before 1 p.m., as Wilson County deputies and officers from the Floresville Police Department converged, Moore said the Jeep struck the rear of a Ford F-250 pickup truck owned by FTS International. Martinez lost control of the Jeep, which rolled over at least four times in the grass median before landing on its roof.
The pickup truck’s driver, Orlando Ruiz, and his passenger, Oliver Urbina, were not injured.
“We were coming through and we saw one of the cops stationed here in the crossover,” Urbina said. “Everybody started slowing down to 55. And the next thing we know, we got hit.”
Moore said responding deputies reported that Martinez crawled out of the crushed vehicle and resisted apprehension. Both he and Martin were transported from the scene by the Wilson County Emergency Medical Services to the Connally Memorial Medical Center. Moore said Martin was treated and released.
Martinez, however, was flown via AirLife helicopter to University Hospital in San Antonio, where hospital spokesman Sylvia Garcia said Jan. 3 that he was treated and released.
Villanueva said at-large warrants, charging Martinez and Martin each with evading arrest or detention with a motor vehicle, will be filed in Karnes County.
The Floresville Police Department, Poth Police Department, and the Texas Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol also assisted with the investigation during which the Texas Department of Transportation detoured northbound traffic away from the scene.
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