Marshals Task Force, Local Officers Arrest Wanted Man After Traffic Stop

By: Paul J. Gately Email
By: Paul J. Gately Email
The U.S. Marshals Task Force and local police arrested a man wanted on felony warrants after a traffic stop Tuesday.

Ruben Fajardo (Jail photo)

WACO (February 27, 2013)—A man wanted on felony warrants in connection with a December incident was arrested Tuesday after a traffic stop.

U.S. Marshals Task Force members and Waco police arrested Ruben Fajardo, Jr., after police stopped his car at South 11th Street and Clay Avenue.

Fajardo was listed Wednesday on the McLennan County Jail Log awaiting arraignment for possession of a controlled substance and on a parole violation without bond.

Fajardo was named in felony warrants in connection with an incident on December 29 during which a police officer saw a man firing a gun into the air.

Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said at about 2:50 a.m. on that date, an officer on patrol witnessed a man firing a handgun into the air in the 2700 block of Mildred, in South Waco.

When the man saw the officer he jumped into a car and began to flee.

The officer chased the fleeing car to Interstate 35 where it turned north and continued to flee.

As the driver crossed the Brazos River bridge, the officer saw him throw a package from the car, but rather than falling into the river below, the package hit the guard rail and bounced back into the highway.

The chase continued into the 800 block of Garrison Street, where the driver crashed into a utility pole and the chase ended.

The driver was taken by ambulance to Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center for treatment of injuries and remained there a couple of days, Swanton said.

Officers later recovered the package that was thrown from the car and found it contained a handgun and a quantity of methamphetamine.

A warrant was issued for Fajardo’s arrest and it was on that warrant that officers detained him Tuesday.

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