Arrest of the Month: High-speed chase ends in arrest of repeat offender

January 31, 2014

On January 15, an officer with the Victoria Police Department was advised to terminate a high-speed chase. The driver was reaching speeds of 70 mph inside the city, according to a form filed with the Victoria County Sheriff's Office.

The officer reported he saw the vehicle run a red light at North Laurent and Rio Grande streets, crash into a vehicle -- which by the way was the second vehicle the driver hit -- and then once again flee the scene.

The chase was called back on.

The driver parked his vehicle in the 2000 block of Woodlawn Street and fled the scene on foot. After a short pursuit, the officer deployed his taser and arrested the 36-year-old Victoria man.

Armando Charles Cardenas was arrested on suspicion of not wearing a seat belt, expired driver's license, no insurance, evading arrest detention with a vehicle, evading arrest detention with previous convictions, leaving the scene of two accidents and possession of a prohibited weapon.

Cardenas also was arrested on an outstanding warrant charging him with criminal no support.

Turns out Cardenas is a repeat offender.

According to his criminal record, this is not the first time Cardenas was charged with evading arrest. In 1996, 1999 and 2005 he was convicted of the Class B misdemeanor of Evading Arrest Detention in Victoria. He was found guilty of all charges and sentenced to 30 days in county jail for the last offense, according to court documents.

He was detained at the Victoria County Jail with non-felony bonds totaling $8,050. No bond was set for the two felony evading charges.

His hearing for the current case is scheduled for April 24 with Judicial Officer John George.