- Wilmer Pacheco Rivera was accused of trying to hit a police officer in Texas with his car.
- The Houston Police Department filed charges against Pacheco Rivera and detained him.
- It all started because the officer tried to arrest the man after he attacked the mother of his son.
The police charged Wilmer Pacheco Rivera with assault against a police officer in Texas as he was about to be arrested. The Major Assault Division of the Houston Police Department (HPD) arrested Pacheco Rivera, 31, and took him to the Harris County jail.
The charges against him include aggravated assault against a public servant according to the Texas State Penal Code. Those found guilty of this crime in a trial is sentenced to 2–10 years in prison.
Wilmer Pacheco Rivera tried to hit a policeman with his car
Another charge Wilmer Pacheco Rivera is facing is driving while intoxicated (DWI) with a minor in his vehicle. The police also charged him with aggravated assault against his son’s mother.
Wilmer Pacheco Rivera will face criminal proceedings before Judge Hazel B. Jones of the 174th Criminal District Court in Harris County. Judge Jones has not determined when the first hearing will be.
It all started outside the Fiesta supermarket
It all started as a serious case of domestic violence. According to the case documents consulted by Mundo Hispánico in Texas, on Sunday afternoon, November 21, 2021, Wilmer Pacheco Rivera met his ex-wife in the parking lot of the Fiesta supermarket in the southeast of the Houston metropolitan area.
Wilmer Pacheco Rivera and his ex-wife, whose name will not be revealed in this story to protect her identity, had a one-year-old son who was in the father’s vehicle when he met the woman. However, Pacheco Rivera have strong disagreements regarding the custody of the minor.
Wilmer Pacheco Rivera crashed into his ex-wife’s car
At one point during the meeting between Wilmer Pacheco Rivera and his ex-wife, the couple had a disagreement regarding their child’s custody. The fight became very violent. Suddenly, Pacheco Rivera got into his car and, at full speed, rammed the car of his ex-wife, who barely had time to jump inside the vehicle to protect herself.
The woman was so frightened by the attack that she sped away from the parking lot as her ex-husband continued to hit her car. The woman then called the HPD emergency number to report what was happening to her, and the operator asked her to go to the police station.
The scared woman escaped at full speed
As the woman sped away from Wilmer Pacheco Rivera, the operator of the HPD emergency number instructed her to go to the substation in the southeast of the Houston metropolitan area, at 8300 Mykawa Road, where several patrolmen were waiting to assist her.
Wilmer Pacheco Rivera followed the woman until she pulled up in front of the HPD substation. When the woman stopped, Wilmer Pacheco Rivera got out of his car. In front of the police officers on duty, he began yelling at the woman, kicking and hitting her car.
Several patrols to arrest Wilmer Pacheco Rivera
One of the HPD patrolmen who was on duty ran out from the headquarters to stop Wilmer Pacheco Rivera. However, the man saw that one of the policemen was already coming toward him. He returned to his car, although he could not close the door completely.
When Wilmer Pacheco Rivera got in his car, with his one-year-old son inside, he put the gear in reverse and went at full speed to try to ram the police who was approaching him. Another officer who followed the first one tried to get Pacheco Rivera out of the car and got stuck at the door.
Wilmer Pacheco Rivera dragged a police officer with his car
Wilmer Pacheco Rivera changed gears and accelerated forward. The HPD police officer who was stuck at the car door fell to the ground. In his mad rush, William Pacheco Rivera dragged the patrol car until the officer managed to unhitch from the car and was left in the street.
The other HPD officers at the substation sped out in their patrol cars to search for Wilmer Pacheco Rivera. Other agents requested the urgent presence of the Houston Fire Department (HFD) paramedics.
Pacheco Rivera was caught drunk driving
The HFD paramedics transported the injured HPD officer to the hospital for medical attention. Wilmer Pacheco’s ex-wife was also taken to be examined by doctors, as she was in the middle of a nervous breakdown after the fight with her ex-husband.
At 7:20 p.m. on Sunday, several HPD patrols spotted Wilmer Pacheco’s car on Telephone Road. They blocked his way in the southeast of the Houston metropolitan area. The man, according to the police report, gave off a strong breath of alcohol.
Wilmer Pacheco Rivera had beaten his ex-wife before
Wilmer Pacheco Rivera has been sleeping since Monday, November 22, 2021, in the Harris County jail. He was arrested for aggravated assault against a public servant and DWI with a minor in his car. He was also charged aggravated assault with a deadly weapon—his car—when he rammed his ex-wife’s vehicle outside the Fiesta.
However, according to Wilmer Pacheco’s criminal records in Texas, consulted by Mundo Hispánico, the recent incident was not the first time that Wilmer Pacheco had an issue with the authorities after his violent disagreements with his ex-wife regarding their child’s custody.
The beating before Thanksgiving
Before Thanksgiving on Wednesday, November 25, 2020, Wilmer Pacheco was also detained by HPD officers after he repeatedly struck his son’s mother with his hands in an alleged state of drunkenness. This reason was not stated in the documents.
The woman, a 22-year-old girl, called the emergency number. HPD patrols went to the girl’s house and arrested Wilmer Pacheco. For that crime, Pacheco Rivera admitted his guilt. He was on probation when he attacked the woman for the second time outside the Fiesta.
Wilmer Pacheco Rivera and the case of domestic violence
Wilmer Pacheco’s violence against his ex-partner is within the national context of domestic violence cases. According to the nonprofit organization National Domestic Violence Hotline, one in four women in the United States suffers from an abusive relationship with her partner.
According to the same organization, every minute, an average of 24 people, men and women, suffer some type of violence, rape, harassment, and intimidation by their partners. That means a total of 12 million people a year become victims of domestic violence.
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