20-year-old charged with DWI after striking police unit

SAN JUAN — Police here arrested a man on a driving while intoxicated charge early Monday morning after he struck another police officer’s vehicle.

Pedro Guerrero, 20 of Edinburg, was taken into custody following the 1:15 a.m. crash, said San Juan Police Chief Juan Gonzalez. He was arraigned Monday afternoon on one count of driving while intoxicated with a passenger younger than 15, and one count of accident involving damage to a vehicle, a state jail felony and class B misdemeanor.

Guerrero allegedly struck a police officer’s unit in the vicinity of East Sioux Road and North Raul Longoria Road and then fled the scene in his vehicle before being apprehended a few blocks away.

The officer was transporting someone in custody at the time of the crash, according to Gonzalez. Both were hospitalized for observation, and while the person in custody was medically cleared, the officer sustained internal and leg injuries and has not yet been cleared to return to work.

Guerrero and his 14-year-old female passenger were not injured.

Guerrero remained in custody Monday on a $30,000 cash bond and could not be reached for comment.

Monday was not his first driving-related incident, according to county records. He was arrested on a reckless driving charge in September 2018 for allegedly driving “at a high rate of speed, fishtailing the vehicle (and) almost losing control on a public street,” according to a complaint. He failed to appear in court in November of that year for his arraignment on the misdemeanor charge and a warrant was issued for his arrest in January.