Man facing several charges after assaulting a Weslaco Police Officer last month

The man responsible for injuring a Weslaco Police Officer when evading arrest was arraigned this morning and is facing several charges.

28 year-old Adan Loa Jr. from Weslaco was arraigned in front of a municipal judge in Weslaco on Friday morning,

Loa was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, evading arrest and an assault charge from 2016 for family violence.

On Sunday Jan. 27, Loa was behind the wheel of a pick-up truck when police say they noticed he was asleep behind the wheel near Mile 5 North Road and Farm-to-Market Road 88 in Weslaco.

When Loa woke-up, police say he sped off with an officer hanging on the side of the pick-up truck.

Dash camera video released by police shows officers asking Loa to put the vehicle in park, but instead drove-off and fled the scene.

On Thursday night, police found Loa at an apartment complex in Pharr where another person was arrested.

"That second arrest was of an individual and they were charged with hindering the apprehension of [Loa]," said Eric Hernandez, spokesperson for Weslaco PD.

Police declined to identify the second individual arrested at the Pharr apartment complex.

Investigators say the officer who held on to the truck suffered serious injuries to his back and had to undergo surgery.

Weslaco police tells CBS 4, they do not want to speculate on the reasons why Loa fell asleep or why he sped off on Sunday. Loa's total bond was set at $450,000 and was transferred to the Hidalgo County Jail.

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