Press Release #082714(13)-Suspected Drunk Driver Crashes Into Police Unit Conducting Traffic Investigation
Wed, Aug 27, 2014 - 02:44 PM
Ignacio Martinez (DOB 06-04-89) of San Angelo was arrested early this morning on suspicion of Driving While Intoxicated after he crashed into an unoccupied patrol car in the 2600 block of College Hills Blvd.
Reports indicate that Martinez was southbound on College Hills Blvd. driving a 2008 Chrysler 300 when he collided with a marked San Angelo Police Department patrol unit. The patrol unit was being used to block southbound lanes from oncoming traffic while officers conducted an unrelated hit and run investigation that left utility lines in the roadway. The patrol unit's emergency lights were activated at the time of the crash. The crash occurred just after 2:00 a.m.
After the collision, Martinez submitted to field sobriety tests before being transported to the Tom Green County Jail. Alcohol consumption was listed as a contributing factor in the crash report. Martinez was reportedly wearing a seatbelt and not injured from the crash.
Police were initially dispatched to the area around 1:20 a.m. for the report of a single vehicle hit and run crash that occurred in the 2700 block of College Hills Blvd. During the crash investigation, police learned the driver of a 2009 Lincoln MKZ was swerving in the roadway before its driver lost control, left the roadway, and collided with a utility pole. A witness told police a male driver exited the vehicle after the collision and ran away. The driver, later identified as Michael Uranga (DOB 10-13-85) of San Angelo, was located at approximately 2:00 a.m. at a residence in the 3800 block of Inglewood Drive. Uranga appeared to be suffering from minor injuries he sustained in the crash.
Subsequent to the field investigation, Uranga was charged with Failure to stop and leave Identification Upon Striking a Fixed Object and transported to the Tom Green County Jail. Alcohol consumption was listed as a contributing factor in the crash report.
Press Release# 082214(12) Brief Foot Pursuit Leads to Drug Arrest
Fri, Aug 22, 2014 - 01:25 PM
A broadcast call regarding a suspicious person leads to the arrest of the suspect and seizure of illegal narcotics and suspected stolen property yesterday afternoon.
August 21, 2014, at approximately 4:37 p.m., San Angelo Public Safety Communications (Dispatch) received a call regarding a suspicious person in the 3700 block of North Chadbourne St. A neighbor called and stated the male subject was possibly trying to steal property from a nearby residence. While officers were responding to the area, Dispatch sent out a radio message stating the suspect had left the area.
SAPD Officer, L. Cortinas, arrived first and located the suspect in the 3300 block of North Chadbourne St. and activated his emergency lights for safety and to notify the suspect to stop. The suspect turned to see Officer Cortinas in his vehicle with his emergency lights activated and ran away from him on foot. The suspect continued to flee through several alley ways and backyards until he was taken into custody by Detective T. Griffith and Officer B. Stewart in the 3100 block of Orchard St.
After the suspect was taken into custody, he was identified as Macario Perales (DOB 02/01/1987) of San Angelo. Once officers placed Perales under arrest, a search of his person revealed a syringe and a small bag containing a white substance that tested positive for methamphetamine. Perales was also in possession of a wallet and a bag of tools that may have been taken in a burglary. The wallet and tools were seized and further investigation is needed to determine if a burglary took place. One of the property owners wished to file a criminal trespass charge against Perales as he jumped a locked fence to enter the property while attempting to elude police. Perales was transported to the Tom Green County Jail and charged with Evading Arrest/ Detention, Possession of a Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1, and Criminal Trespass.
No further information will be release at this time pending further investigation.
Press Release #082014(11)-Shots Fired, Vehicle Crash Investigations Lead to Burglary Arrests
Wed, Aug 20, 2014 - 04:03 PM
One adult and three juveniles are facing multiple charges after an early morning investigation into reports of gunfire, a vehicle crash, and vehicle burglaries near Lake Nasworthy.
Just before 6:00 a.m. this morning, San Angelo Police were dispatched to the 1800 block of South Concho Drive for the report of shots fired. Upon arrival, police searched the area but were initially unable to locate any victims or evidence of damaged property.
At approximately 6:13 a.m., police were dispatched to the 3700 block of Country Club Road in reference to a motor vehicle accident. Upon arrival, police discovered an unoccupied 1999 Mitsubishi Galant, disabled in the trees. During an examination of the vehicle, police discovered several items that appeared to be stolen property along with spent shell casings and a handgun holster. Witnesses at the crash scene identified themselves to police and said that just prior to the crash; they observed the Galant's occupants burglarize their vehicle in the 100 block of Las Lomas and that after they confronted the suspects, the suspects drove off in the Galant. The victims followed the Galant in an attempt to get the license plate for police, but backed off from the Galant after one of the suspects allegedly fired rounds at them from the vehicle. No one was injured.
A short time later, police located the alleged burglary suspects near the boat ramp on Beaty Road. When officers attempted to detain them, one male ran away but was quickly taken into custody. The three other suspects were taken into custody without incident. Detectives with the Department's Criminal Investigations Division and the Crime Scene Investigations Unit responded to the scene to further the investigation. It was discovered that one of the males, later identified as Jose E. Romero (DOB 12-21-94), was the registered owner of the Galant.
As officers were conducting the two investigations, Dispatch received additional burglary calls from victims in the 100 block of Las Lomas. The reported stolen items matched the descriptions of the items located in the Galant.
So far, investigators have cleared four vehicle burglaries and returned the stolen property to their respective owners. If you live in that area and discover your vehicle was burglarized sometime during the night or early morning hours, please contact the San Angelo Police Department at 325-657-4315 to make a report. Additional recovered stolen property will remain in evidence until it has been identified.
Romero and the juveniles were charged with four counts of Burglary of a Motor Vehicle. The 14-year-old, who had been previously reported as a missing juvenile, was also charged with Evading Arrest/Detention. One 16-year-old was additionally charged with Class B Possession of Marijuana.
This is an ongoing investigation.