Man sentenced to 10 years in prison for high-speed chase
Esidro Rodriguez, 33, of Victoria, was sentenced to 10 years in prison after a Calhoun County jury found him guilty of evading arrest with a motor vehicle.
Rodriguez was convicted of leading Department of Public Safety Trooper Henry Schultz on a high-speed chase through parts Calhoun County in the early morning hours of April 14, according to a news release issued by Calhoun County District Attorney Dan Heard on Thursday.
The chase was recorded on the trooper's car video, according to the release.
The chase, which started on state Highway 35, finally ended on state Highway 185 when Rodriguez stopped his truck with its rear tires off the road. Schultz pulled the front of his patrol car across the center stripe of state Highway 185 and radioed for assistance, according to the release.
The two sat staring at each from inside their facing vehicles for about 10 seconds before Schultz began to get out of his patrol car. Rodriguez gunned the engine of the truck and peeled out, driving toward the trooper, according to the release.
Schultz fired two shots through the pickup windshield and another into the driver's door.
Rodriguez stopped the truck, and he and his passenger were arrested, according to the release. No one was hit by the shots, though glass fragments hit the passenger.
Following the guilty verdict from the jury, District Judge Stephen Williams sentenced Rodriguez to prison and a $5,000 fine, the maximum prison term for a third degree felony.
Victoria County Sheriff's Office Lt. Chris Garcia and Sgt. Lisa Seger testified during the sentencing that Rodriguez had previous drug convictions in Goliad and Victoria counties and was a member of the Mexican Mafia prison gang.