Manuel Gutierrez was arrested Tuesday and charged with first-degree assault. Despite being 17, Gutierrez is being charged as an adult.
Two motorcycles crashed into the car Gutierrez was driving Friday night when he pulled into oncoming traffic on Highway 118, after leaving Arrow Road.
Jasper Police Chief Connie Cooner Rowe described Gutierrez as “non-English speaking, undocumented, unlicensed and uninsured at the time of the crash.” She said he was not taken into custody at the scene due to a “language barrier issue” as well as conflicting reports over who was driving the vehicle once the suspects were located.
ICE has placed a hold on him; charges are expected to be upgraded.