The trial of 47-year-old Jose Angel Hernandez, who is facing third-degree felony charges for driving while intoxicated, started last Wednesday, August 19 in Judge James Rush’s 244th District Court in Ector County, Texas.
Hernandez’s nephew, 18-year-old Daniel Mata, was with his uncle the day of his arrest on Jan. 27, 2013. Defense attorney Justin Low asked if Mata thought Hernandez was drunk before his arrest and Mata claimed he couldn’t remember.
Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper William Austin, on the other hand, testified that Hernandez confirmed he had drank two 24-ounce Bud Light clamato drinks at the time of his arrest, noting that the statement was “consistent with a can [found] on scene”.
According to court documents, Hernandez had prior convictions for the third-degree felony charge of driving while intoxicated on Feb. 17, 2012 in Ector County and on June 12, 2012 in Ward County.