Austin man with history of DWI, car theft sentenced to prison

Published 6:29 pm Friday, July 15, 2022

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An Austin man convicted of felony DWI was sentenced to prison Thursday in Mower County District Court.

Jordan Lee Hernandez Cox, 31, received just over five years in prison for a May 2020 incident in which he was arrested and charged with a total of three felonies and two gross misdemeanors — one of those being an attempt to flee police officers.

Four of those counts were subsequently dismissed after Cox pleaded guilty to felony DWI in January of this year.

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The incident in question took place on the afternoon of May 11, when police responded to a call of an intoxicated male.

Cox was witnessed getting into a 2008 Dodge Avenger and drive away from the area by police. As the officer tried to initiate a traffic stop, Cox sped away and eventually crashed into a van driven by an 88-year-old man who suffered a large laceration on his forearm.

Cox had prior convictions for DWI, fleeing a peace officer, assault, motor vehicle theft and aggravated robbery.