Man Slams into Police Unit, Nearly Drags Officer Before Being Arrested

Sunday, May 29, 2011 - 10:17am

Twenty-four year old Mark Anthony Garza has a list of charges tacked on to his arrest record now, after another run in with the law Thursday night.

Police say they initially tried to pull over Garza after they spotted him swerve his vehicle into another truck after getting into a confrontation with that person at a gas station at the intersection of Old Port Isabel Rd and Ruben Torres.

The officer activated his emergency lights, but Garza didn't pull over and continued down Ruben Torres towards Central. Officers suspect he may have fled because he had a warrant out for his arrest from the Cameron County Sheriff's Office.

Garza finally came to a stop at the red light on Central, this is when the officer took the opportunity to try to make contact with him.

"He tapped on the window and eventually opened the door to the car, contact was made and this is when the driver of the vehicle sped off," said Eddie Garcia of the Brownsville Police Dept.

Garza drug the officer a few feet as his hand was still holding the door handle, luckily he wasn't hurt, but Garza wasn't done.

"This is when the driver then struck a police car that had arrived to assist the officer,” said Garcia.

No injuries there either, other than to the vehicle itself, which had to be towed away.

Meanwhile, Garza was hauled off in handcuffs to the city jail after a brief foot chase.

His bond has been set at 118-thousand dollars, he's facing two counts of aggravated assault on a public servant, along with several other charges.

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