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Man charged with attempted murder after high-speed chase

By BY DIANNA WRAY - DWRAY@VICAD.COM
April 16, 2012 at 10:02 p.m.
Updated April 18, 2012 at 11:19 p.m.


A Victoria man has been charged with first-degree attempted murder after he allegedly tried to run down a trooper early Sunday morning near Port Lavaca.

A state trooper was heading south on state Highway 35 near state Highway 185 when he spotted a black 2007 Chevrolet pickup with an equipment violation, said Department of Public Safety Spokesman Trooper Gerald Bryant.

Running the license plates of the vehicle showed the vehicle's plates were expired.

The trooper flashed his lights and pulled the truck over for a routine traffic stop, Bryant said.

As the trooper got out of his car and approached the vehicle, the driver, Esidro Rodriguez, sped away, Bryant said.

The trooper got back in his car, called for backup and flagged the truck down again. Rodriguez pulled over, but after the trooper had stopped his car, Rodriguez put the truck into reverse, backing into the patrol car before speeding away again.

When the trooper caught up with the truck a third time, the subject slammed on his brakes, spinning the car 180 degrees so that his truck was facing the patrol unit, Bryant said.

The trooper ordered Rodriguez and his passenger, Christopher Aguirre, also of Victoria, to get out of the truck. Rodriguez sped toward him and the trooper fired a gun into the truck. The truck passed him by and then stopped.

The entire chase occurred along a four-mile stretch of road, Bryant said.

Rodriguez was arrested and charged with two counts of fleeing and evading arrest, a state jail felony and attempted first-degree murder of a police officer.

Aguirre was arrested for two traffic warrants. He was taken to Port Lavaca Hospital and treated for glass injuries on his face from the incident. He was treated and released to authorities.

The Calhoun County Sheriff's Office and the Seadrift Police Department assisted in the incident.

The trooper was uninjured.

Clarification: 04/18/12 A man was charged with first degree attempted capital murder after he attempted to flee from a Department of Public Safety state trooper early Sunday morning just south of Port Lavaca.

The man, Esidro Rodriguez, was charged with one count of fleeing and evading arrest, a state jail felony, and one count of attempted capital murder of a police officer.

During the chase, Rodriguez backed up toward the trooper's patrol car, causing the trooper to put his own vehicle into reverse. The trooper's vehicle was not struck by Rodriguez's truck.

The trooper fired his service handgun into the vehicle after attempting to stop Rodriguez a third time when the suspect spun his car 180 degrees and sped toward the trooper.

These points in the story on were unclear or incorrect.

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