Liberty County Judge Craig McNair and his wife, Lisa were the victims of a drunk driver in a head-on crash just down the street from the McNair home at 12:15 a.m. this morning. Liberty Sheriff Department’s report says the couple were sent to
Hopsital by Life Flight in stable condition with undetermined injuries. Houston
According to sheriff department’s Sgt. Joel Davila, the wreck occurred in the 800 block of CR 603 in
just north of US 90. Davila indicated Judge McNair was northbound on CR 603
driving his 2012 GMC vehicle when a southbound 2007 Ford Expedition driven by
German Mata, 17, crossed over into Judge McNair’s lane and struck his vehicle
head-on. Mata’s vehicle was equipped with flashing red and blue lights. No
reason has been theorized as to why he had these lights on. Mata did leave the scene and went to a nearby
house. South Liberty County
When the responding agencies arrived on the scene, Edgar Mata, 21, the brother of German Mata, was on the scene and claiming to be responsible for the accident.
According to the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office’s report, Edgar was attempting to take responsibility for the accident caused by his brother, German, who had fled the scene after the crash to his home approximately one mile away. A family member reportedly had driven Edgar to the scene.
When these facts were discovered during the on-scene investigation, Sgt. Davila and Deputy John Bennett of the LCSO, and Dayton Police Officers Siebeurt and Officer Hart went to the Mata home located at 2313 CR 603 and detained German Mata who was found asleep in his bed. The attempt to cover up drunk driving was spoiled when Judge McNair still suffering from the impact and concerned about Lisa noticed that the man at the scene was not the man that had caused the calamity.
German was later turned over to Trooper Godfrey who filed charges on both of the Mata brothers. At this time there is no known reason as to why German Mata was running his vehicle with “red and blue” lights on his vehicle. According to the sheriff’s office report, he had just purchased and installed them a few days prior. Mata was found to have only minor injuries that did not require any treatment.
According to Sgt. Davila, Edgar Mata, was charged with Making a False Report to a Peace Officer and with Public Intoxication. His brother and actual driver of the striking vehicle, German Mata, was charged with Failure to Stop and Render Aid, Improper use of Red and Blue Lights and No Texas Driver’s License. Both brothers were placed in the
jail and will go
before a magistrate later. Liberty
Judge McNair reported that he is bruised and very sore and with some cuts but no broken bones. Mrs. McNair suffered the most external injuries with a broken leg, some broken fingers and cuts. Lisa McNair has undergone surgery for the broken leg.