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MAN ARRESTED AFTER GOING AROUND BARRICADES AND HAVING TO BE RESCUED FROM THE TRINITY RIVER

Saturday morning just after 10:30 am Walker County 911 Operators took a call from a Texarkana man who was en route to the Estelle Prison Unit in Riverside, Texas to visit his son. He told operators that he was on FM 3478 and went around the HIGH WATER barricades that were placed in the roadway. He stated that his Nissan had gotten partially across the bridge over the Trinity River when it died due to high water. He stated the water was quite swift and they were unable to exit their vehicle. With him were his 27-year-old son and a fourteen-year-old male. DPS, Walker County Sheriff’s Office, Riverside Fire Department, and Walker County Fire Departments responded. When they arrived it was determined the current was too swift to enter by boat so they decided to use a high rescue vehicle. Firefighters were able to get all the victims out safely. According to DPS Trooper Hernandez, who has been through swift water rescue schools and understands the dangers not just to the person who disregarded the barricades but to the First Responders. Hernandez said it is a Class C Misdemeanor to drive around a barricade in the State of Texas. However, Disregarding a Water On Roadway sign in the State of Texas, it is a Class B Misdemeanor. A fine can be as high as $2,000 or a person can receive 180 days in jail. Trooper Hernandez arrested Jose Guzman-Magana, who would be celebrating his 59th birthday tomorrow. He was booked into the Walker County Jail on “Disregarding Water On Roadway Sign”. The Trooper drove the 27-year-old and the 14-year-old to the Estelle unit which was just 2-miles down the road where they were going to wait on a family member to drive down to pick them up. The driver also had been charged with Child Endangerment due to the 14-year-old in the vehicle.

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