Wednesday, May 22, 2024


Just after 11am Thursday a report came in to 911 that a 1998 Tahoe had struck a tree on Timberland Drive in Porter and the victims ere trapped. Porter Fire Department along with two MCHD ambulances and a medical supervisor were dispatched to the scene. When they arrived they found a 15-year-old-boy in the passenger side of the vehicle entrapped. Crews worked for thirty minutes to free the young man who was then transported to Herman Hospital in the Texas Medical Center by MCHD. Due to weather moving in at the time air medical was not able to respond.

DPS along with MCSO and Pct. 4 Constables arrived on the scene as well as Assistant District Attorney Warren Diepraam. They learned the driver had fled the scene on foot. As he did so he lost his right tennis shoe which was on the ground just behind the truck. A search was immediately started for a 17-year-old hispanic male that weighed approximately 230 and was 5′-8′ tall. He was identified as Elias Sanchez who lived several blocks away. He was said to be covered in tattoos and was last seen running toward his home.

Additional units started arriving and vehicles entering and leaving the subdivision were checked to make sure he wasn’t in it.

Precinct 4 canine, “Porter” , was brought to the scene by his handler Deputy Chapa and almost immediately was able to start tracking Sanchez.

As Troopers continued to investigate the accident others searched the entire area.

According to Trooper Roger Woolsey, Sanchez was eastbound on Timberland at a high rate of speed. He came into a gradual curve to the left. As his vehicle left the roadway the left side became airborne over a driveway before coming back down and continuing several hundred more feet striking a large oak tree dead center of the hood.

Just moments after the accident cleared Trooper Woolsey thought he spotted something move through the ditch within oe hundred yards of the suspects home. Constable Rowdy Hayden and Chief Barry Welsh went into the backyard of the residence and found more than they were looking for. Several marijuana plants growing. The suspects father was taken into custody for possession and other officers and the canine entered the backyard of the home. Within minutes the suspect was found hiding in a van in the backyard and was taken into custody.

MCHD was dispatched to the location to check Sanchez and transport him to Kingwood hospital with injuries to the foot.

He was later treated and released to the Montgomery County Jail on a charge of Accident Involving Injury or Death. and also Possession of Less Than 2 ounces of Marijuana.

The 15-year-old who is the drivers nephew remains in the hospital in critical condition.


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