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Victoria man accused of DWI, multiple hit-and-runs after chase through city

By Jennifer Lee Preyss
Dec. 17, 2013 at 6:17 a.m.
Updated Dec. 18, 2013 at 6:18 a.m.


A Victoria man was arrested about 5:45 p.m. Tuesday after colliding with several moving and parked vehicles and evading police in his car.

Sgt. Jeff Strauss of the Victoria Police Department said Robert Pena, 35, was booked into jail on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, evading police and for other charges relating to the car wrecks.

Pena was driving a 2003 blue Ford Expedition on North Navarro Street and turned west on Zac Lentz Parkway when he reportedly struck two vehicles and left the scene of the accident.

Police were called to the scene, and when the Expedition didn't pull over, a vehicle chase began.

Strauss said officers chased the Expedition on Zac Lentz and followed it as it circled back around and began traveling south on Navarro Street.

Police called off the chase temporarily, Strauss said, noting the heavy traffic on Navarro Street during rush hour.

The Expedition then struck another vehicle, a black Mazda Tribute, in the 4000 block of North Navarro Street and immediately left the scene again.

Officers were nearby from the previous vehicular chase and followed the Expedition into the parking lot of Ventura's Tamales restaurant in the 3900 block of North Navarro Street, where the Expedition struck two more vehicles - one parked, another moving.

Strauss said the driver of the Expedition exited his vehicle, and officers chased him to the rear of the restaurant.

Pena exhibited signs of intoxication, and open containers of alcoholic beverages were in his vehicle, Strauss said.

He was arrested and booked into the Victoria County Jail.

Pena served time in the jail recently on similar charges. He was arrested Nov. 24 for public intoxication and two other charges from Jackson County. He was released from jail Dec. 2.

Strauss said Pena did have motor vehicle insurance.

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