The Bryan teen arrested Sept. 14 on a driving while intoxicated charge after he allegedly hit and seriously injured a Texas A&M student has been arrested again.
According to College Station police, Pedro Damion Puga, 17, is now charged with tampering with evidence and unlawfully carrying a weapon.
Police said at around 2 a.m. Sept. 14, officers responded to the intersection of Texas Avenue and University Drive where a pedestrian, who has been identified via an online fundraiser as Carly Beatty, had been hit by a car. A witness said the car’s driver did not stop to assist the Texas A&M sophomore, but continued on to a nearby parking lot and got out to look at the damage to his vehicle before leaving.
Puga, 17, was eventually apprehended and charged with intoxicated assault with serious bodily injury and accident involving serious bodily injury without rendering aid, two felonies.
Beatty, according to the Facebook medical care fundraiser known as “Carly’s Medical Fundraiser,” was transported to a Houston hospital where she lost her right leg through amputation and was diagnosed with a shattered pelvis and brain injury causing multiple strokes. Police reports from Puga’s arrest confirm that the victim suffered broken bones and internal bleeding, requiring emergency surgery.
Puga made a $26,000 bail the day after his arrest, but he was taken back into custody Friday, charged with tampering with evidence and unlawfully carrying a weapon in connection to the crash. Puga is being held in the Brazos County Jail on $252,000 bond.
The morning of the crash, authorities had located Puga’s vehicle in a Bryan parking lot, and the teen reportedly left the area on foot when he saw police, authorities said. He was apprehended at Texas Avenue and Villa Maria, where he told police he doesn’t deal with “the laws,” a report states.
Intoxicated assault with serious bodily injury and accident involving serious bodily injury without rendering aid and tampering with evidence are all third-degree felonies, each punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Evading arrest on foot and unlawfully carrying a weapon are Class A misdemeanor charges.