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Police Chief: Security Measures Inadequate at Hidalgo Bridge

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Posted: Nov 7, 2012 6:28 PM

Updated: Nov 8, 2012 12:16 AM

HIDALGO COUNTY - The top cop for Hidalgo says security at his city's international crossing may not be enough to stop fleeing suspects.

The access to the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge has only a few, worn speed bumps to slow traffic, he said. A crossing 5 miles away is guarded by a series of metal and concrete barriers.

Hidalgo Police Chief Rudy Espinoza met with bridge managers on Wednesday to speak about the problem.

Espinoza's request comes after two men fleeing from police plowed into a small SUV Monday at the bridge. Five people were injured, including two children.

Arturo Martinez Arjona and Jerardo Jaime Ruiz were arrested and charged with five counts each of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon

A 4-year-old girl is in critical condition, and a 1-year-old boy is listed in stable condition. The children were riding in the back of the SUV the suspects hit.

"That is something we are trying to minimize," Espinoza said.

"We are ... planning and moving on this quick. It's a concern," he said.

The chief wants measures like the ones in place at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge. Drivers must slow down drastically to navigate a maze of concrete and metal barriers.

"We need to take care of the community and that is what it's all about. Its not about us, it's about them," Espinoza said.

Improvements are being made to the road leading the bridge. Espinoza expects security upgrades to follow.

Topics: hidalgo, bridge, security

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