Man who fled to Mexico after injuring teen in Mission police chase arrested

LEFT: Enrique Rodriguez's vehicle. (Courtesy: Darren Hernandez/GoFundMe) RIGHT: Samuel Martinez

A man accused of fleeing to Mexico after crashing into a San Juan teen as he fled from Mission police has been arrested.

Details about the apprehension of 21-year-old Samuel Martinez were not immediately available Monday, but a news release from Mission city officials indicated he was taken into custody at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge on Friday.

Mission police had been searching for Martinez since late September, when Martinez T-boned a vehicle driven by 19-year-old Enrique Rodriguez. At the time, Martinez had been trying to flee from Mission police and had made it as far as San Juan.

After the crash, Martinez managed to escape on foot.

Rodriguez, who was severely injured in the collision, spent more than a month at South Texas Health Systems McAllen trying to recover. He suffered extensive brain trauma and has had to learn how to walk and talk again.

On Sunday, Mission Municipal Court Judge Mauro Reyna charged Martinez with four crimes: aggravated assault with a motor vehicle, a second-degree felony, accident involving serious bodily injury, a third-degree felony, evading arrest or detention with a vehicle, a third-degree felony, and evading arrest or detention on foot, a class A misdemeanor, city officials said.

Hidalgo County Jail records indicate Martinez was booked into the county jail Sunday and was being held there Monday on a total of $330,000 in cash surety bonds.