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Chief of Police Ernest Valencia Mendoza | Needville Independent School District Police Department, Texas Needville Independent School District Police Department, Texas

Chief of Police

Ernest Valencia Mendoza

Needville Independent School District Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Friday, January 19, 2007

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 54

Tour: 25 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Vehicular assault

Weapon: Automobile; Alcohol involved

Offender: Sentenced to 90 years

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Chief of Police Ernest Mendoza was killed when his patrol car was struck head-on by a drunk driver on FM 1301 in Wharton County.

The truck driven by the drunk driver veered into the opposite lane, causing the collision. Chief Mendoza was killed instantly upon impact.

The drunk driver who caused the crash fled on foot but was apprehended by a deputy sheriff a short time later. The man was charged with felony murder and failure to stop and render aid. The driver had four previous DUI convictions. He was subsequently sentenced to 90 years in prison.

Chief Mendoza had served with the Needville ISD Police Department for 10 years and a total of 25 years law enforcement service. He is survived by his wife and seven children.

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Heroes live forever, Chief Mendoza, and we will never forget. Thank you for the sacrifice you made for the citizens of Needville and the great State of Texas.

Greater Houston C.O.P.S.
January 19, 2013

 

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