4 people arrested after police pursuit

Kathryn Cargo By Kathryn Cargo

Jan. 10, 2018 at 10:06 p.m.
Updated Jan. 11, 2018 at 6 a.m.

Derek Sean Cardona, 34, of Victoria

Derek Sean Cardona, 34, of Victoria   Calhoun County Sheriff's Office for The Victoria Advocate

A high-speed chase that started in Port Lavaca and spanned two counties ended with four people arrested.

Police also found clothing and other items that were possibly stolen from Port Lavaca stores inside the truck that had been reported stolen from Victoria.

Port Lavaca police noticed the 2006 Dodge pickup driving without headlights about 8:45 p.m. Monday at Calhoun County Plaza said Chief Colin Rangnow, of the Port Lavaca Police Department.

The officer tried to stop the truck, but the driver continued on to SH 35 and then went back to Calhoun County Plaza.

As the pickup approached the Bealls store, a man ran from the store and took over as the driver, Rangnow said.

The vehicle left the plaza onto Farm-to-Market Road 1090. After about 30 minutes of a high-speed pursuit, the pickup ran out of gas and crashed through a barbed wire fence near U.S. 59 South just before Inez.

At times, the Dodge was traveling at more than 100 mph., the chief said.

During the pursuit, the truck's occupants threw unknown items out of the vehicle, Rangnow said.

Once the vehicle stopped, the driver fled on foot and was caught shortly after.

Police arrested the driver, Derek Sean Cardona, 34, of Victoria, on charges of evading arrest or detention with a vehicle and evading arrest.

They also arrested Ashley Diane Cardona, 31, of Victoria, on a charge of fleeing the police.

She was the driver of the vehicle before Derek Sean Cardona took over, Rangnow said.

Police arrested Richard Matthew Montez Sanchez Fuentez, 26, of Round Rock, and Clarissa Jane Gamache, 24, of Port Lavaca, on outstanding warrants. Gamache is charged with possession of a controlled substance less than 1 gram, and Fuentez is charged with attempted possession of a controlled substance less than 1 gram, according to the Calhoun County Sheriff's Office website.

Police searched the Dodge and uncovered various items including clothing and shoes that may have been stolen from department stores, Rangnow said.

"(It's) still an ongoing investigation," Rangnow said. "We're trying to figure out what stores they were stolen from. A lot of the clothing still had security tags."

Through further investigation, police also discovered the pickup had been reported stolen from Victoria. The Dodge was red when it was reported stolen, and it had since been painted black.

"There could be more charges to come," Rangnow said.

As of Wednesday night, all four remained in the Calhoun County jail with bonds totaling $105,000.

The Victoria County Sheriff's Office and Jackson County Sheriff's Office assisted in the pursuit.


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