Domingo James Cruz and Monica Valdez
Domingo James Cruz and Monica Valdez

A pair of San Angelo residents were arrested Saturday evening, September 21st, following a pursuit that began and ended north of Eldorado on U.S. Highway 277.

Domingo James Cruz and Monica Valdez, both of San Angelo, were taken into custody by DPS Trooper Joseph Brechtel about three miles north of Eldorado.

Brechtel attempted to stop a 2015 Ford Focus driven by Cruz near the Schleicher/Tom Green County line as he drove southbound toward Eldorado. Valdez was a passenger in the car.

When Cruz failed to stop, the trooper called for backup and continued following the car at speeds ranging from 55-80 miles per hour.

Schleicher County Deputy John Conner responded to the call and headed north from Eldorado. So did Texas Game Warden Chris Frey. Sheriff David Doran also responded to the call, but arrived moments after the couple had been taken into custody.

As the car continued southward, Sutton County was notified and preparations were made to deploy spike strips across the roadway near Meckel Draw north of Sonora.

That became unnecessary, however, when the car was intercepted north of town by Brechtel, Conner and Frey,

It was learned that Valdez was wanted on a Tom Green County warrant for a parole violation related to a conviction on Theft of Property valued at more than $100, but less than $750.

Valdez was arrested on the warrant while Cruz was charged with evading arrest or detention.

Both were transported to the Tom Green County line where they were transfered into the custody of other officers who took them to the Tom Green County Jail.

Valdez was booked in on the parole violation and remains in custody without bail. Cruz remains in jail in lieu of $7,500 bail.

Not all the occupants of the vehicle were transported north, however. Two cats and a dog were taken by an animal control officer from the City of Eldorado. The pets were later picked up by an animal shelter employee from San Angelo after being contacted by Valdez from jail.