Victoria man found guilty of driving while intoxicated

Feb. 14, 2014 at 4:02 p.m.
Updated Feb. 13, 2014 at 8:14 p.m.

A 32-year-old Victoria man was found guilty Thursday of being intoxicated and driving his car into a residence on John Stockbauer Drive.

A jury convicted Ruben Baldez of driving while intoxicated, second offense. He is expected to be sentenced April 2. Judge Daniel Gilliam presided.

Tim Poynter prosecuted the case. Baldez was represented by Edward A. Bartolomei.

Baldez was arrested Sept. 29.

Baldez's silver Dodge Magnum was northbound on John Stockbauer Drive and ran into the back of a black Nissan Pathfinder. The vehicles downed a fence and a shed, coming to rest in a backyard of a home on Chama Drive, according to an earlier report.

The driver of the Nissan, Mary Ann Hernandez, also known as Mary Ann Salazar, testified she sought medical treatment after the crash, Poynter said.

Baldez refused a Breathalyzer and field sobriety test, so officers testified about their observations of him that night, Poynter said.

Baldez was also charged with aggravated perjury Thursday, according to court records.

Driving while intoxicated second offense is a Class A misdemeanor that carries a punishment of no more than one year in jail, and a fine of up to $4,000 could be assessed.



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