Impaired Florida wrong-way driving suspect, Christopher Ponce, extradited to Tampa stays in jail

Fled in 2013 after head-on collision on I-275
Posted at 12:28 PM, Aug 10, 2016
and last updated 2017-04-08 14:57:56-04

UPDATE | 4/8/17--

A Hillsborough County judge has decided no bond for Christopher Ponce. The judge should decide a date for hearing within the next 30 days. Ponce's attorney did not want to speak on camera about the trial, at this time. Ponce faces seven felonies including DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide.

Wade Angel, the victim's father, tells ABC Action News there's only one outcome he'd like to see.

"He ended my son's life. My son has no more youth," said Angel, "He [Ponce] wasted his. He needs to come out of prison a middle aged man."


UPDATE | 4/7/17--

Christopher Ponce has been extradited back to the U.S. He was booked in Hillsborough County and will face a judge Saturday morning.

He had been in Spain since his arrest in 2016.

Florida Highway Patrol issued the following statement:

"The FHP is happy that he has been returned to the United States so he can face trial. FHP troopers are ready to go to court."

Ponce will be facing charges of DUI Manslaughter, two counts of DUI w/ Serious Bodily Injury, Vehicular Homicide, and two counts of Reckless Driving with Serious Bodily Injury.

ORIGINAL STORY | A man accused of a wrong-way hit-and-run in July 2012 on I-275 near I-4 has been arrested in Spain.

Christopher Ponce, 26, had been on the run since May 2013.  

He was located and arrested at a bus stop by Spanish police.

Deputies said that Ponce was impaired and going the wrong direction on I-275 near I-4 when he hit 20-year-old William Angel head-on. The collision killed William and injured two passengers.

In 2013 while on house arrest and awaiting trial for DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide, Ponce cut his ankle bracelet and fled.

MORE: MADD teaming up with victims and families of wrong-way crashes

According to deputies, Ponce was listed on Interpol, the world’s largest international police organization that enables police around the world to work together.

Ponce was also featured on “The Hunt with John Walsh” which first aired August 3, 2014.

Extradition has begun and is expected to take several months.