No contest plea entered by felon who drove drunk in York County with illegal weapons

YORK – Ray Frausto, 33, of Edinburg, Texas, has pleaded no contest in a case where he was accused of driving drunk in York County and being found with illegal, concealed weapons.

A deputy with the York County Sheriff’s Department was on regular patrol when she saw a man walk out of a convenience store in York who appeared to be severely intoxicated. According to court documents, the deputy said he was unable to keep his balance and was stumbling. At that point, an employee of the convenience store approached the cruiser and said she, too, felt the man was severely intoxicated.

The deputy made contact with the man who was seated in the driver’s seat of his vehicle. While speaking, the deputy said she could smell the odor of alcohol coming from his person.

Another deputy spoke with the store employee who said the man was highly intoxicated and stumbling around the store. The cashier also said the “man tried to hit on the cashier as he was attempting to purchase alcohol,” according to the affidavit filed with the court. “The cashier refused the sale due to the man’s level of intoxication.”

The deputies noted the vehicle was running and the keys were in the ignition.

Frausto failed to produce a form of identification and failed to exit the vehicle after a deputy asked him to do so. When he was ordered out of the vehicle, the deputies saw a knife in a sheath concealed on his waistband.

He was transported to York General Hospital for medical clearance due to his suspected high level of intoxication. While at the hospital, according to court documents, Frausto vomited on one of the deputies while being moved into the emergency room.

The defendant did not provide a sufficient answer regarding consent for a blood draw.

During an inventory search of the vehicle, a deputy found a handgun with a bullet in the chamber which was concealed in the center console of the vehicle. It was noted in court documents that Frausto did not tell deputies about either weapon.

A review of his criminal history showed a prior DUI conviction in 2021, a state felony conviction of failing to comply with sex offender duty to register (as a 10-year registrant) and a second degree robbery conviction.

Earlier, he pleaded not guilty to possession of a firearm by a prohibited person; driving under the influence with one prior conviction; refusal to submit to a pre-test; obstructing a peace officer; and carrying a concealed weapon.

Due to a plea agreement, Frausto pleaded no contest to attempt of a Class 1 felony, which is a Class 2 felony, and second offense driving under the influence. The other charges were dismissed.

He will be sentenced on Aug. 28.

 

 

Thanks for reading this article.
JMWNews.com content is free and never behind a paywall.
We believe in trustworthy, local journalism that is accessible to everyone.