According to information from Karnes County Sheriff Dwayne Villanueva, the Karnes County dispatch office received a call about 12:28 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 2 with a report of a reckless driver in the area of U.S. Highway 181 in Kenedy near the Walmart Supercenter.
The caller said the black Jeep Wrangler clipped a vehicle near Jerry B’s restaurant in Kenedy, but the sheriff’s office was never able to confirm this collision as no one has come forward with any information.
The caller followed the vehicle while on the line with the dispatcher, reporting that the Jeep ran a red light near the intersection of U.S. Highway 181 and State Highway 123 in Karnes City. The vehicle then ran another red light at U.S. Highway 181 and Farm-to-Market Road 99, also in Karnes City.
Karnes County deputies intercepted the Jeep just south of Hobson and began a pursuit in Hobson as the Jeep continued northward on U.S. Highway 181.
Officers observed the driver passing vehicles on the shoulder or forcing vehicles off the roadway in a situation that Villanueva described as very dangerous.
At one point the jeep ran off the road, but managed to get back on the pavement and continued driving northward at very high speeds.
Karnes County deputies continued the pursuit northward as the jeep crossed the county line going into Wilson County.
At the intersection of U.S. Highway 181 and County Road 203, the Jeep clipped a vehicle causing minor damage and no injuries and then continued northward.
Wilson County deputies joined the pursuit just north of Poth on U.S. Highway 181. At this point there were three sheriff’s vehicles engaged in the pursuit behind the Jeep.
About one half a mile South of Floresville, the Jeep hit another vehicle, lost control and rolled the jeep over onto its roof. The Jeep collided with a commercial truck, causing only minor damage to the truck and no injury to the driver of the truck.
Villanueva said Jordan Marcos Martinez, 20, of Beeville was driving the Jeep, and the passenger in the Jeep was identified as a woman named Amaris Martin, 21, also a resident of Beeville.
Martinez and Martin both suffered injuries sustained in the crash and were transported from the scene of the crash for medical treatment.
At one time, the vehicle was traveling in excess of 95 miles per hour, and Villanueva said he became very concerned for the public’s safety as he monitored the situation.
Villanueva said he did not know what initially caused the vehicle to drive in such a reckless manner or run from the police. The Jeep was not stolen, he said.
Both Martinez and Martin will face criminal charges related to evading arrest with a vehicle and reckless driving, Villanueva explained, although Martin reportedly told Wilson County officers that she had been pleading with Martinez to stop the vehicle throughout the chase.