A man has been charged with intoxication assault after he allegedly crashed head-on into another vehicle, causing the victim to suffer from broken bones and facial injuries.
On Dec. 26 around 6:49 p.m., Travis County Communications notified authorities of a crash in the 12000 block of Pearce Lane in Del Valle. Two vehicles were found with front-end damage and one was engulfed in flames. Authorities said Javier Rodriguez Jr., 32, was traveling westbound while the victim was traveling eastbound on Pearce Lane. Police said Rodriguez crossed into the eastbound lane and struck the victim's vehicle head-on.
Rodriguez and the victim were transported to St. David's South Austin Medical Center where they were treated for their injuries. The victim suffered a broken femur, broken bones in the neck, as well as facial injuries from the crash. He will have to undergo surgery, police said.
The affidavit states that while at the hospital, Rodriguez began vomiting. Authorities said they detected an odor of alcohol coming from the vomit.
Upon further investigation, Rodriguez stated that he was traveling to Austin from San Marcos. When asked how much he had to drink the day of the crash, Rodriguez stated that he took two or three shots at around 5:45 p.m. that evening.
The victim stated that he saw Rodriguez's vehicle traveling westbound on Pearce Lane going faster than the 45 mph speed limit when Rodriguez crossed into the eastbound lane and hit the victim's vehicle head-on. The victim told police that the only other thing he remembered was getting pulled out of his burning vehicle.
The police requested a toxicology report for Rodriguez, which came back positive for alcohol with a blood alcohol content of .186, documents state.
Rodriguez has been charged with intoxication assault, a third-degree felony, and his bond is set at $25,000. According to the affidavit for Rodriguez, he is a confirmed gang member who is currently on probation with 34 active suspensions on his Texas Identification Card.
According to online records with the Travis County Jail, Rodriguez is not in custody as of Thursday afternoon.