Some San Angelo residents experienced an early morning interruption of their electricity, cable, phone, and internet services following a hit and run collision with utility poles in north San Angelo.
Just before 6:30 a.m. this morning, San Angelo Police were dispatched to E. 14th and N. Oakes Streets for the report of a hit and run crash. While enroute, Officers received a description of the driver, who reportedly left the scene after the collision.
Upon arrival, Officers located a disabled, unoccupied white Dodge Ram pickup truck that collided with two utility poles. The force of the collision caused the poles to snap and come to rest on top of the vehicle and in the roadway. Fire Department personnel also responded to address a fire that ignited on one of the poles.
Through follow up investigation, Officers A. Covey and A. Alvarez learned the suspect may be at a residence in the 1700 block of N. Magdalen. Officers responded to the residence and eventually located the suspect inside. He was identified as Jesus Ruiz-Lopez, 19, of San Angelo.
Ruiz was arrested for Duty on Striking Fixture/HWY Landscape>=$200 and transported to the Tom Green County Jail without incident.
Representatives from Suddenlink and AEP responded to address the damaged lines and crews are working to restore services to the affected customers.
San Angelo Police are continuing their investigation of a fatal, single-vehicle car crash near the intersection of Country Club and Grand Canal Roads this morning.
At approximately 12:52 a.m., San Angelo Police and Fire Department personnel were dispatched to the intersection for the report of a major motor vehicle crash with entrapment.
Upon arrival, Officers discovered a white 2013 Chrysler 200 resting on its roof with its driver unresponsive. Officers and bystanders attempted to gain access to the driver but the vehicle’s doors were not functioning. Fire Department personnel arrived and utilized the Jaws of Life to extricate the driver, who was later identified as Jennifer Wall, 36, of San Angelo. Wall was the only occupant.
Wall was transported to Shannon Medical Center where she later succumbed to her injuries. Justice of the Peace Susan Werner responded to the hospital to formally pronounce Wall deceased. Next of kin has been notified.
Investigators with the Department’s Traffic Section were summoned to the scene and their preliminary investigation shows Wall was traveling westbound in the 1600 block of Grand Canal Road when her vehicle left the roadway, traveled across a private drive and collided with a utility pole and surrounding trees. The force of the collision caused the vehicle to overturn and come to rest on its roof. Wall was not wearing a seatbelt. Investigators believe alcohol may be a contributing factor to the crash.
Traffic in the area was diverted for several hours and representatives from AEP responded to the scene to address the damaged pole, which caused power outages to surrounding neighborhoods.
This is an ongoing investigation.
This afternoon, the San Angelo Police Department’s Traffic Section conducted a LIDAR Traffic Enforcement Operation in the 1200 and 2200 blocks of W. Houston Harte from noon through 3:00 p.m.
Police issued a total of twenty-three (23) citations during the operation. The breakdown for citations is as follows:
Speeding: 12 (Highest speed 89)
Fail to Slow Down or Vacate Lane for Emergency Vehicle: 3
Driving While License Invalid: 1
Other/Misc. charges: 7
As a reminder, the Texas Transportation Code requires drivers nearing stopped emergency vehicles with lights activated to change lanes or slowdown 20 MPH below the speed limit. Failing to take these actions endangers personnel who provide critical and life-saving services.
Around 2:15 p.m. on February 20, 2017, San Angelo Police were dispatched to a residence in the 400 block of N. Poe for the report of a theft of an air conditioning unit.
During the initial field investigation, Officers spoke with a witness who said that on the morning of February 17, 2017, they observed a white pickup truck marked with a City of San Angelo Street and Bridge logo pull into the alley. The witness then observed a Hispanic male exit the truck, load the AC Unit onto a trailer, and drive away.
Through follow up investigation from Patrol Officer J. Polnick, E. McAndrews, and Criminal Investigations Division Detective N. Anderson, probable cause was developed to name 40-year-old COSA employee Benito Huichapa Mosqueda as a suspect.
This morning, members of the Patrol and Criminal Investigations Division located Mosqueda at the COSA Street and Bridge building, 1943 St. Ann Street. Mosqueda was taken into custody without incident and transported to Police Headquarters for interview.
Following the interview, Mosqueda was transported to the Tom Green County Jail where he was booked for State Jail Felony Theft of Material Aluminum/Bronze/Copper/Brass.
This is an ongoing investigation and no other information is available for release at this time.
A 48-year-old San Angelo man was arrested for narcotics possession and driving without a valid driver’s license during a traffic stop in a Santa Rita neighborhood yesterday morning.
Just before 9:00 a.m., San Angelo Police conducted a traffic stop on a blue 2001 Ford F150 pickup truck in the 300 block of S. Madison Street.
The driver, identified as Michael Ray Durst of San Angelo, was arrested after a records check showed Durst’s driver’s license was suspended and that he had a prior conviction for Driving While License Invalid.
During a search of Durst incident to his arrest, Officers located small baggies that contained suspected narcotics which field-tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine. During a search of Durst’s vehicle, Officers located dark clothing items, latex type gloves, and a flashlight.
Durst was transported to the Tom Green County Jail and booked for Driving While License Invalid with Prior DWLI Conviction and State Jail Felony Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1.