Hit-and-run spurs manhunt

SAN BENITO — Several law enforcement agencies spent the afternoon yesterday searching for a young man who fled the scene of an accident.

He was found a few hours later by a Border Patrol dog unit and arrested.

San Benito and Harlingen police, along with U.S. Border Patrol officers and Texas Department of Public Safety troopers, spent several hours looking for a Hispanic man. He had fled the scene of an accident about six miles north of U.S. Military Highway at FM 509 and FM 800 in front of a church.

San Benito Assistant Police Chief Michael Galvan said the driver of a brown van ran a stop sign and collided with an 18-wheeler.

The van slid under the tractor-trailer rig and hit the last axle, “clobbering” the van, Galvan said.

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