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Nathan Thomas Rodriguez, 28 years old, was sentenced to 20 years in prison on February 3, 2011 after being convicted of Aggravated Assault with a deadly weapon. He was also sentenced to 2 years in Texas State Jail for the offense of Aggravated Assault. The sentences will run concurrently.

On August 26, 2010, Officer Michael Leet with the Victoria Police Department was at the Exxon at the intersection of John Stockbauer and Business 59. Officer Leet heard someone laying on the horn and saw two vehicles turn from Hwy. 59 to John Stockbauer. Officer Leet followed both vehicles and stopped them before the intersection of John Stockbauer and Lone Tree Road. After pulling over, the defendant stuck the car in front of him and fled on to Lone Tree Road.Officer Leet testified that the defendant drove the vehicle over 90 mph. The chase took the officer from John Stockbauer to Ben Jordan Street. The defendant fled after striking a vehicle waiting for a red light on Ben Jordan and Hwy. 59. Because one of the occupants of the vehicle parked at the light was injured, the defendant was charged with Aggravated Assault with a deadly weapon. 

The jury watched videos of the defendant's chase captured by the patrol officer's camera. After striking the vehicle, the defendant fled on foot before he was arrested by Officer Christina Moore and Officer Michael Leet. The Defendant was on felony probation for Aggravated Assault after being convicted in Nueces County, Texas of biting the nose off of a man. "The jury sent a message to this defendant and the rest of the community that dangerous persons like this defendant will not be welcomed in our community," said assistant district attorney Eli E. Garza. "The citizens of this county should be proud of how our officers in the Victoria Police Department worked hard to get this criminal off our streets." 

 

Nathan Thomas Rodriguez
Nathan Thomas Rodriguez(Age 28)
Booking photo Victoria County Sheriff’s Office