More than a week after a crash in McAllen sent four people to the hospital, police arrested the 39-year-old driver accused of causing the accident.
An arrest warrant was issued Monday for Fidencio Ramirez Morales, 39, of McAllen after police obtained toxicology reports stating he had “more than four times the legal limit of .08” at the time of the crash on March 20, according to a court documents.
Police say Morales, who was traveling northbound on the 5300 block of North Ware Road, veered into oncoming southbound traffic, striking a vehicle carrying a mother and her three children, including a 2-month-old boy. Documents say the mother—who had to be extracted from the driver seat of the vehicle—sustained a fractured ankle, while her children sustained minor cuts, a fractured neck and a fractured leg.
Police who responded to the scene say they found a 24 oz can of Four Loko in the passenger side of Morales’ vehicle that was “opened, cold to the touch and covered in condensation,” according to court documents.
At the scene, Morales provided police with an identification card identifying himself as “Javier Ruiz Ramirez.” When detectives interviewed him at a hospital days later, however, they found the card to be fake. Police, with the assistance of an unnamed FBI agent, confirmed Morales’ true identity via fingerprints, which also found that he had been arrested multiple times in Washington for DWI, according to court records.
Morales has been charged with four counts of intoxication assault with a vehicle and forgery, all third-degree felonies.
Bond was set at $100,000.
Records don’t list an attorney for Morales, who remains in the Hidalgo County jail.