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2012-05-17

Additional charges put Cruz back in jail

By Carolyn B. Edwards BCC Staff Writer

Nancy Cruz, 28, of Bandera, is back in Bandera County jail following the filing of additional charges against her as result of a traffic accident on Bandera's Main Street that injured three people.

The accident occurred at 12:27 am, Friday, April 27.

According to witnesses, Cruz celebrated her birthday at the Longhorn Saloon on Bandera's Main Street earlier that night. Shortly after midnight, Cruz left the bar and "drove her 1999 Mustang south on Highway 16 at a high rate of speed," Department of Public Safety reports state.

Following their completed investigation of the scene, and questioning witnesses, DPS charged Cruz with three felony charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon as well as a felony charge of accident involving death/injury. Her bond had been set at $75,000 for the first aggravated assault charge. Cruz had turned herself in, was jailed and bonded out on Saturday, April 28.

Bonds on the additional charges included $50,000 for each of the two additional aggravated assault charges, and $20,000 on the accident involving death/injury charge. Cruz was re-arrested and remains in Bandera County Jail.

According to DPS reports, Cruz had almost hit 18-year-old Dakota Bates of Bandera in the parking lot of the Longhorn. There was an exchange of words and Bates, riding a motorcycle, left the parking lot and traveled south on Main Street. Cruz allegedly soon followed in her vehicle.

Bates reported that he could see Cruz's vehicle coming up behind him and he attempted to move to the edge of the shoulder.

The DPS report states that Cruz intentionally struck Bates and also hit two pedestrians. She then left the scene.

Witnesses reported that Cruz had been drinking at the Longhorn, celebrating her birthday.

The DPS report indicates she had also failed to maintain insurance and the vehicle inspection was expired.

The accident occurred in the vicinity of the River Oaks Motel and Sonic.
Both pedestrians were air-lifted to University Hospital in San Antonio with serious injuries. Bates was transported to Boerne Methodist by ambulance.

The two injured pedestrians were Claude "Cowboy" Beghly, 43, of Bandera, and Eric Armstrong, 29, also of Bandera.