Naked fugitive tries to catch ride; cruiser totaled
A Bryan-based Department of Public Safety trooper — who was with one of five agencies involved in the incident — received minor injuries after his patrol unit hit a concrete pillar on a rain-slicked highway.
Authorities said Ubalda Olvera, 31, stole a white, older model Cadillac sedan in Marquez in Leon County on Sunday. The pursuit ended on Texas 6 in College Station near the University Drive exit, where the man crashed and drove into a grassy ditch. His car, which was southbound, rested facing north.
The naked man raced from his vehicle and tried to flag down motorists who stopped to help, according to police. College Station officers intercepted the man and took him into custody, according to Sgt. Calder Lively. It was unclear why he was naked, but authorities said he was spotted earlier in the day with no clothes on in Leon County.
Olvera was treated for minor injuries at College Station Medical Center and transported to Brazos County Jail, where he was charged with evading arrest with a vehicle causing serious bodily injury. He was also later charged with DWI. Officers said Olvera seemed confused and may have been under the influence of PCP, according to a police report.
After the chase entered Brazos County, DPS Trooper Jonathan Hunter crashed at about 3:22 p.m. near the split of Texas 6 and Business 6. He was treated at St. Joseph Regional Health Center for lacerations and a sprained ankle, then was released, according to DPS dispatchers. His car was totaled in the wreck, authorities said.
The pursuit involved officers from the Leon County Sheriff’s Office and troopers based in Robertson and Brazos counties, as well as the Hearne and College Station police departments.
The evading arrest charge is third-degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000. DWI is a Class B misdemeanor punishable by up to 180 days in jail and a fine up to $2,000.
Olvera remained in the Brazos County Jail Monday in lieu of $10,000. He also had an immigration hold.
By KAYLA SLIMP The Eagle (Bryan, Texas)
Oct. 12, 2009, 2:15PM