On August 8, 2021 in the early morning hour, Liberty County Sheriff’s Office Deputies were dispatched to a noise disturbance call in the vicinity of CR-3479B, in the Cleveland area. On the way to responding to the call they observed a horse trailer on its side in a ditch. There was no vehicle near the trailer and there was an injured horse in the trailer. As the deputies were attempting to free the injured horse the complainant about the noise disturbance approached the scene. The deputies were given a vehicle description of the pickup that was towing the trailer. The complainant observed the vehicle run off the road and into the ditch and saw the horse trailer come loose.
The deputies then observed a vehicle matching the description that was given. The vehicle was parked with the headlights still on. There was fresh mud on the truck and a broken tail lamp that matched the broken tail light debris at the scene. The suspected driver was identified as Jose Gallegos Carrizales, H/M, DOB:02/09/1987.
He confessed to the deputies that he was the driver of the vehicle and that he did, in fact, flee the scene of the accident and left the horse in the trailer.
The deputies with the assistance of the fire department and the LCSO livestock deputy were able to successfully rescue the trapped horse from the trailer. Jose Gallegos Carrizales was placed in custody for Cruelty to Livestock Animals. He was transported to the Liberty County Jail without incident.
(Information is taken from the deputy’s report. The defendant is presumed to be innocent until proven guilty.)