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Two arrested after accident sends Liberty County Judge and wife to hospital

Liberty County Judge Craig McNair Liberty County Judge Craig McNair
LIBERTY COUNTY - A spokesperson for the Liberty County Sheriff's Office told 12News that Liberty County Judge Craig McNair and his wife, Lisa, were taken by medical helicopter to Memorial Hermann hospital in Houston following a head-on collision early Saturday morning.

Liberty County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Joel Davila said that the Judge and his wife appeared to be in “stable” condition when the helicopter picked them up at the accident site.

Sgt. Davila said the accident happened around 12:15 a.m. in the 800 block of CR 603 in South Liberty County just north of Hwy. 90. Sgt. Davila said it appears that Judge McNair was driving his 2012 GMC  north bound on CR 603 when a south bound 2007 Ford Expedition driven by German Mata, 17, crossed into Judge McNair's lane and struck his vehicle head on.

Sgt. Davila said Mata had flashing “red and blue” lights on his car.  Investigators say at this time there is no known reason as to why German Mata has “red and blue” lights on his vehicle. Apparently he had just bought them and installed them a few days ago.

When the troopers, deputies and police arrived, Edgar Mata, 21, (brother to German Mata,) was on the scene and claimed to be the driver of his brother’s vehicle.  German Mata had fled the scene after the accident and went to his home approximately a mile away.

Sgt. Davila said that after questioning Edgar Mata, he went to the home of  German Mata located at #2313 CR 603 and detained him.

Mata was found to have only minor injuries that did not require any treatment.

According to Sgt. Davila, Edgar Mata, was charged with making a false report to a Peace Officer and with Public Intoxication. His brother and actual driver, German Mata, was charged with failure to stop and render aid, improper use of red and blue lights and no Texas driver’s license.

Both brothers were placed in the Liberty County jail and will go before the Judge later.

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