Man charged with assaulting federal agents following San Benito chase

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Hector Eduardo Gamez

A man is facing federal charges after leading police and federal agents on a high-speed chase.

According to a criminal complaint, a San Benito police officer attempted a traffic stop on a white Dodge Ram pickup truck on Tuesday at approximately 6:25 in the afternoon.

The driver of the truck, identified as Hector Eduardo Gamez, was the sole occupant of the vehicle. He pulled his truck over for a few seconds before fleeing at a high rate of speed, according to the complaint.

The nature of the traffic stop and the location were not revealed in the criminal complaint.

A Border Patrol agent and two Drug Enforcement Administration agents attempted to stop and detain Gamez, but he refused.

“Gamez refused to stop for agents and instead drove his vehicle at (the agents) at a high rate of speed,” the complaint read.

The agents were forced to exit their vehicles in order to avoid being hit by Gamez’s truck. After the Dodge Ram collided with the agents’ vehicles, Gamez continued to flee the scene — leading law enforcement agents on a high-speed pursuit.

He was eventually apprehended.

In a recorded interview, Gamez admitted to recognizing that law enforcement agents were attempting to stop him and continuing in his attempt to escape apprehension by swerving around the agents, according to the complaint.

Gamez is facing federal charges for assaulting, resisting or impeding a federal officer. He is also facing state charges — four counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon — and is currently being held at Carrizales-Rucker Cameron County Detention Center in Olmito on a total of $300,000 in bonds.

Court records indicate that federal prosecutors filed paperwork in Brownsville federal court to take Gamez into custody for his initial appearance on the charges, which is scheduled for Friday.