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- Jan. 19, 2007 -
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Needville Independent School District Police Depar
Resided: TX, USA
Born: Unk  
Fallen: Jan. 19, 2007
Race/Sex: Caucasian Male / 54 yrs. of age
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Dept: Needville Independent School District Police Dept.
TX   USA
Dept. Type: Municipal/Police
Hero's Rank: Chief of Police
Sworn Date: Unk
FBI Class: Crash
Weapon Class: Vehicle
On The Job: 25 years
Bio: Not Available
Fatal Incident Summary
Offender: No Info
Location: TX   USA   Fri. Jan. 19, 2007
Summary: Chief 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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