Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Demolition derby on the streets of New Braunfels

OMG are we playing Grand Theft Auto-New Braunfels now?

‘Demolition derby’ lands man in jail
By Chris CobbThe Herald-Zeitung

A New Braunfels man was jailed after allegedly turning his attempt to flee from police into a demolition derby Sunday afternoon.

After being confronted by officers from the New Braunfels Police Department at his house at 141 Rueckle Road, Alfredo Maldonado reportedly jumped behind the wheel of a car and tried to outrun police, ramming into three patrol cars before finally smashing into parked cars along nearby Morningside Drive, police said.

The 30-year-old Maldonado now faces two felony counts of aggravated assault of an officer, each carrying a potential of five to 99 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

NBPD officers arrived at Maldonado’s residence about 3 p.m. after receiving a domestic disturbance call. Maldonado fled, leading officers on a short-lived car chase. He managed to get a block from his residence at the Hillside Village RV Park before his vehicle left the road and collided with several unoccupied vehicles, police said. The brief getaway attempt left both Maldonado and one police officer with minor injuries.

Maldonado was taken to CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital-New Braunfels where he was treated before being booked in Comal County Jail.NBPD spokesman Mike Penshorn said the Maldonado’s jaunt caused minimal damage to the three patrol cars, but did substantial damage to one of the cars parked along Morningside.

According to police, Maldonado had an outstanding warrant for a motion to revoke probation, and had been arrested in February for two Class A misdemeanor charges of interfering with an emergency call and resisting arrest, search or transport.