Diboll man gets 7 years in burglaries, car thefts

Miguel Mendez mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.
Miguel Mendez mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A Diboll man pleaded guilty to nine criminal charges and will likely be deported following his hearing Wednesday morning.

Miguel Angel Mendez, 20, accepted a sentence of seven years on one count and 450 days in state jail on the final eight counts.

Mendez was arrested in May after he was found sleeping near a stolen van at Winston Park in Lufkin.

When deputies and a LPD crime scene technician processed the evidence, they discovered Mendez asleep in a nearby wooded area and found him with several GPS receivers and the ignition key to a stolen Honda Civic, according to the report.

Mendez was arrested in November 2010 in connection to vehicle burglaries on Allendale Drive in Lufkin. According to a previous report, police say Mendez ran from officers twice before finally being apprehended and taken to a Lufkin hospital to be treated for injuries from the chase. When he was released from the hospital and to the custody of the officer, he sprang from the wheelchair in which he was seated and attempted to flee from the officer, but was quickly caught and taken to jail, according to the report.

Mendez pleaded guilty to burglary of a habitation, a second-degree felony, two state-jail felonies of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, a third-degree evading arrest and five state-jail felonies of burglary of a vehicle.

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