Date: Saturday, July 18, 2015, 7:47am
Location: 2500 State Highway 181 southbound lanes
Offense: Driving While Intoxicated (Penal Code Section 49.04) Class B Misdemeanor
Case Number: 1507180047
A Corpus Christi Police Officer wrangled a snake as he worked a vehicle crash on the Harbor Bridge Saturday morning.
Corpus Christi Police Officer Jason Lee started his shift for the day at 7:38am and responded to a single vehicle crash on the southbound lanes of the Harbor Bridge headed from North Beach to downtown Corpus Christi. Officer Lee saw a green 1997 Chevy Suburban had crashed into the concrete wall on the right side of the bridge. Officer Lee arrested the driver of the Suburban, 40-year-old Andreas Garcia (12/11/1974) for driving while intoxicated. Officer Lee learned that Garcia had a pet snake, a three-foot long Ball Python named, “Rocky” in the vehicle at the time of the crash. Officer Lee discovered that the glass aquarium which housed the snake was broken in the crash and Officer Lee got the snake safely, and requested Corpus Christi Animal Care Services to care for the snake while Garcia was delivered to the city detention center. Animal Care Services did accept the snake and believe the snake was not injured in the crash. Garcia was not injured in the crash and Officer Lee took Garcia to the hospital for medical clearance and to collect a blood specimen for evidence, then delivered Garcia to the city detention center. The Suburban was taken to the city impound lot, and the bridge was returned open to normal use.