Man accused of hitting officers with SUV found guilty

Man accused of hitting officers with SUV found guilty

LUBBOCK, Texas -

The man accused of using an SUV to hurt three Lubbock police officers has been found guilty of aggravated assault of a public servant with a deadly weapon. 

In opening statements Tuesday, prosecutors said Carlos Martinez, 34, was trying to escape his arrest for unrelated warrants at the time.

In April 2017 Martinez was living with his girlfriend and kids at the Del Estrado Townhomes near 62nd street and Indiana Ave. 

Assistant District Attorney Traci Bowman told Jurors Tuesday that apartment manager called Lubbock police to remove Martinez from the complex for trespassing. When officers ran his identity, they saw Martinez had outstanding warrants. Investigators say he hit the officers while trying to escape arrest. The officers were treated and released the same day.

It took three law enforcement agencies, a helicopter, canines, officers on horseback, citizens and business owners to track him down. A neighbor near 73rd and Joliet spotted Martinez and called 911. He was arrested without incident.

The punishment phase of the trial has begun and will continue tomorrow morning.

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