A 32-year-old man was arrested Thursday morning after he allegedly ran a red light in West Waco and struck and injured a motorcyclist, then left the scene without stopping, Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said.
A motorcyclist near the 7-Eleven convenience store at the intersection of State Highway 6 and U.S. Highway 84 was hit and injured when Sergio Almanza-Martinez, of Waco, ran a red light in his truck, Swanton said. Police were called to the intersection shortly after 8 a.m. Thursday, he said.
First responders arrived and transported the motorcyclist to Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center. Swanton said the motorcyclist was talking with police when he was taken to the hospital.
Almanza-Martinez did not stop after the crash, Swanton said. A witness followed him and alerted police to his location shortly after the crash, Swanton said.
Police arrested Almanza-Martinez on a third-degree felony charge of causing an accident with injury.
He remained in McLennan County Jail on Thursday evening. Bond information was not immediately available.
Money laundering, drug charges
A 23-year-old man was arrested Wednesday afternoon on multiple charges, including money laundering and possession of a fake ID, Bruceville-Eddy Police Chief Bill McLean said.
A Bruceville-Eddy officer with a drug dog stopped a southbound car that didn’t have any license plates at about 3:30 p.m. on Interstate 35, McLean said. The driver, Sergei Sergeyevich Petrov, appeared “extremely nervous” in front of the officer, McLean said.
“He (the driver) was also seen texting while driving, so the officer initiated the stop,” he said. “The driver was extremely nervous, not acting normal at all, so his behavior raised suspicions.”
During the stop, the officer’s dog indicated the odor of a controlled substance was present, so the officer searched the car, McLean said.
The officer found $4,000 in cash, about four grams of cocaine, two Florida driver’s licenses and one international driver’s license. McLean said all three driver’s licenses had Petrov’s photo on them but had different names and addresses.
McLean said information from Petrov was limited and officers took him into custody. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement authorities were called and determined Petrov, a native of Russia, has a valid U.S. work visa.
Petrov was arrested on a third-degree felony charge of possession of a controlled substance, state jail felony charges of fraudulent possession of identification information and money laundering and a Class A misdemeanor general violation charge related to the fake IDs, McLean said.
Police said the way the money and cocaine were packaged together led to the money laundering charge.
Petrov remained in McLennan County Jail on Thursday afternoon with bond listed at $17,000.
The investigation is continuing.