Driver in Single-Vehicle Crash in Harlingen Arrested

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HARLINGEN – A man is behind bars after a missing child from La Feria was recovered following a crash in Harlingen.

Department of Public Safety troopers responded to a crash Friday, Feb. 2 at around 9:00 a.m. on I-69E, north of FM 508.

During the investigation, authorities discovered the passenger, a 13-year-old girl, had been reported missing in La Feria.

The driver, 18-year-old Ivan Villarreal, was arrested and charged with three counts of aggravated sexual assault, indecency with a child and abandoning or endangering a child.

Villarreal was booked into the Cameron County jail.

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