AUSTIN EDITION Driver charged for crash with injuries

A 39-year-old man is charged with driving his vehicle under the influence of alcohol and injuring a mother and a child in a crash last week in Austin.

Benito Hernandez Chavez, 1010 11th St. N.W., faces four counts of gross-misdemeanor criminal vehicular operation resulting in bodily harm, and a single count of fourth-degree driving while impaired, Mower District Court records show.

Two of the vehicular-operation counts are for leaving the scene of a crash. The other two are for causing a crash while impaired.

On Thursday, Chavez's bail was set at $12,000 without conditions or $3,000 with conditions, records show.

According to a criminal complaint, police got a report about 6:35 p.m. Nov. 1 of a hit-and-run collision with injuries. Officers found the alleged victims' car with significant damage near Paramount Theatre.


A 28-year-old woman and her 3-year-old son had back injuries and were treated at Austin Medical Center, police said.

The woman said she was at a stop sign at Eighth Street and Fourth Avenue Northeast when Chavez crashed a pickup into the back of her car, causing it to spin into the intersection, the complaint stated.

Chavez allegedly then headed west on Fourth Avenue, and the woman followed him until stopping near the theater.

Police later found the suspected truck parked at a home where Chavez was found upstairs, and he tested at a 0.11 blood-alcohol level, the complaint says.

He is scheduled to be in court Nov. 17.

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