Immigration and Customs Enforcement detained a Mexican man with three drunken driving convictions Tuesday — after the Sheriff’s Office jailed him on a public intoxication charge.
The Sheriff’s Office released Juan Alberto Velasquez Martinez, 43, of Mission to Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Tuesday, according to federal court records. He’d spent 18 days in jail on charges of public intoxication, evading arrest and resisting arrest.
Velasquez is a Mexican citizen with at least three drunken driving convictions, according to Hidalgo County Court records. Along with the drunken driving convictions, Velasquez also pleaded guilty to burglary and arson charges.
In July 2010, Velasquez attempted to burn down his ex-wife’s house, according to Sheriff’s Office records. She put out the blaze with a hose.
Velasquez pleaded guilty to arson, a first-degree felony. State District Judge Homer Salinas sentenced him to five years in prison.
The federal government deported Velasquez at least three times — most recently through Laredo on July 30.
According to the criminal complaint:
The defendant claims to have illegally re-entered the United States on or about November 11, 2015 by wading the Rio Grande River at or near Hidalgo, Texas.
Officers charged Velasquez with illegal re-entry.
Court records don’t list an attorney for Velasquez, who remains in federal custody.