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1 arrested after wreck damages fence, shed

By Jessica Priest
Sept. 29, 2013 at 4:29 a.m.

Debris is spread across the backyard of a home in the 200 block of Chama Drive after a car wreck occurred Sunday morning. The resident's and  neighbor's fences were damaged along with the resident's backyard shed.

A Victoria man was arrested early Sunday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated after his and another's vehicle plowed into a backyard on John Stockbauer Drive.

Ruben Baldez, 31, was taken to the Victoria County Jail.

Baldez is suspected of driving at an excessive speed in a silver Dodge Magnum north on John Stockbauer, said Sgt. Robert Rogers of the Victoria Police Department. He ran into the back of a black Nissan Pathfinder, Rogers said.

They both went into the backyard of a residence on Chama Drive, which runs parallel to John Stockbauer, at 2:20 a.m. and downed the fence, a utility pole and a tool shed, he said.

Baldez suffered a minor injury to his leg, but he refused treatment, while the driver of the Pathfinder, Mary Hernandez, 51, of Victoria, was not hurt, Rogers said.

"We believe he (Baldez) was coming from one of the bars. He had a wristband on," Rogers said.

Baldez refused a breathalyzer test, but officers could smell alcohol on his breath. American Electric Power has replaced the utility pole, Rogers said.

Justin Glass, 33, said his wife woke him up after the wreck.

"She said she heard a loud explosion," said Glass, who shares a fence line with the homeowner who experienced the most damage.

Drivers often speed on John Stockbauer, he said.

"I think my wife has called (police about it) several times," he said.

The back corner of his fence was damaged, and he will ask the man who was arrested to get his insurance to cover the repairs.

The homeowner affected by the wreck declined to comment.

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