DEER PARK, TX (KTRE) - Federal and state officials have arrested an illegal immigrant who has been on the run for six years and accused in the drunk-driving deaths of three people in an Angelina County wreck.
Vincent Gonzalez, 38, is charged with three counts of second-degree intoxicated manslaughter and one count of third-degree intoxicated assault.
DPS spokesman David Hendry confirmed Gonzalez was arrested in Deer Park. According to a press release, Gonzalez was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Joint East Texas Fugitive Task Force.
Gonzalez disappeared from a Houston hospital on June 8, 2009. He is charged in the deaths of Willie Lacy, 48, of Alto, Crystal Thomas, 29, of Lufkin, and Christopher Gross, 4, after he allegedly drove drunk and ran head-on into them.
According to a previous report, DPS had not placed Gonzalez under arrest at the time he was in a Houston hospital recovering from injuries sustained in the wreck. Then-DPS spokesman Greg Sanches said Gonzalez was in the hospital with a broken leg and brain bleed and was not considered a flight risk.
Sanches said when Gonzalez escaped from the hospital that he cut his hair and put on some kind of disguise.
US Marshal Deputy Jim Cheerful said the arrest came from information in a Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers tip. He said they arrested Gonzalez while he was working with a landscaping crew.
Judge Billy Ball said he expected to magistrate Gonzalez on Friday morning inside the Angelina County Jail.