Man tried to run over Pflugerville officer, police say

AUSTIN - Police have charged a man with attempted capital murder after he allegedly tried to run over a Pflugerville police officer on Interstate 35 early Thursday morning.

An arrest affidavit for Onofre Urquia, 43, states the officer was on his way to Pflugerville along I-35 around 1:45 a.m. Thursday when he saw a black Mercury Mariner turn on its hazard lights. The officer followed it to the right shoulder near Yager Lane and turned on his overhead lights.

The officer attempted to speak with the Urquia, but he refused to comply with the officer’s request to turn the music down. Urquia then allegedly pulled away from the officer and began doing donuts on I-35 before ramming the driver’s door of the officer’s patrol vehicle.

The affidavit states the officer was issuing commands for Urquia to stop, but Urquia allegedly backed up, performed several more donuts and trying to ram the officer and his vehicle. Urquia then allegedly tried to run the officer over again before fleeing southbound in the northbound lanes of I-35.

Using the license plate the officer noted, police spoke with the person listed in the DPS database for the license plate. That person, the owner of a car dealership, told police he does not and has not had a Mercury Mariner. An employee who knew Urquia provided police with his address, the affidavit said. Upon arriving at the address, the affidavit stated police found “numerous unregistered vehicles” with the same license plate as the vehicle Urquia was allegedly driving.

Police noted in the affidavit that Urquia has two prior convictions for attempt to commit assault on a public servant and harassment of a public servant.

Urquia was arrested and booked into the Travis County jail Thursday, and online records state he is being held on $250,000 bond.

(© 2016 KVUE)


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