Vincente Gonzalez, a man on the run for seven years was hiding from intoxication manslaughter charges relating to a June 2009 accident that killed three. Gonzalez was finally apprehended by U.S. Marshals Joint East Texas Fugitive Task Force.
The accident killing three — a 48-year-old male from Alto, a 29 year-old female from Lufkin and a four-year-old boy — happened in 2009. Gonzalez, the drunk driver, was taken to hospital for his injuries, a brain bleed and broken leg. He was not considered to be a flight risk and was not arrested.
Gonzalez subsequently disappeared from the hospital and remained a fugitive from justice for the last seven years. According to court documents, he had been back and forth between the United States and Mexico and had been hidden for a time by his family.
Federal and state officials arrested Gonzalez in January. Police were pleased to hear that he had finally been apprehended. The man is now in custody.
Although he was apprehended and appeared in court, he was not given bail as Immigration and Customs Enforcement has a hold against him. The man is being held on a third-degree intoxicated assault charge, three second-degree felony intoxicated manslaughter charges and a third-degree felony intoxicated assault with a vehicle causing serious bodily injury and an Immigration and Customs detainment order. He may spend the next 7 decades behind bars.
In Texas, drunk drivers are taken seriously and never more so than when multiple individuals lose their lives because someone chose to drive inebriated. Although the man going to prison will not bring the three who perished back, it will help send a message that drunk driving is not tolerated in Texas.