NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Authorities arrested a Douglass man on Tuesday, following a Friday wreck in which he was allegedly driving drunk and injured two children in a wreck.
Trooper Jay Stone obtained a warrant for the arrest of Isec Gelindo Sanchez, 27, on a charge of intoxicated assault with a vehicle. Stone said Sanchez was driving on FM 225 on Friday when he went off the road and then slid to the other side and rolled his 2006 Dodge pickup multiple times, before coming to a rest on the truck's side.
Sanchez and two boys, aged 8 and 3, were injured in the wreck. Stone said the eight-year-old received serious injuries.
Sanchez failed a field sobriety test, Stone said, and he told him he would be obtaining a warrant for his arrest, and would give Sanchez a few days to turn himself in.
"He's been very cooperative," Stone said.
Sanchez turned himself in on the charge on Tuesday and posted a $75,000 bail bond.
In a telephone interview on Wednesday, Sanchez said he had four or five beers but he was not drunk.
"I was with the kids and they said they wanted to go to their grandfather's birthday party," Sanchez said. "I didn't want to at first but decided 'OK.'"
Sanchez said an oncoming vehicle forced him off the road and he lost control.
"I'm disappointed in myself," he said. "I'm not that kind of person that would do that to my children."
Sanchez's older son suffered a foot injury and had his third surgery on Wednesday. Sanchez said the older son was able to crawl out of the truck and check on his younger brother, who had been thrown from the truck.
"I was struggling to get out," Sanchez said. "I couldn't get my seatbelt undone, then suddenly I heard a 'click' and he had me out. He helped me too."
Sanchez called it a miracle that his youngest son was not seriously injured.
"We go to church, you know, and we really believe it must have been something that God did," he said.
Sanchez said he does not even remember taking a sobriety test, but that may be because he suffered a head injury.