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May 1, 2013 1:14 PM

Ybarra Accused of Crashing Stolen Car

CORPUS CHRISTI -- 18-year-old Efrain Ybarra is facing charges of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and causing an accident with injuries after a bizarre incident Tuesday afternoon.

The other man involved in the incident, Gerald Vega, tell us when he picked up a woman he spotted on the side of the road Tuesday afternoon, he didn't expect she'd steal his car. He also probably never expected she'd turn out to be a man, but she did.

Vega said after he picked the woman up, he drove to a convenience store to buy a few beers. He said when he and the woman were drinking in a parking lot near Cole Park she made sexual advances on him, and he turned them down.

"I got a confession," he said he told her. "I have a girlfriend. I can't do this."

Police said when Vega stepped out of the vehicle, the woman stole his red Ford Focus, but crashed it minutes later at the intersection of Morgan and Staples Streets.

Police said the woman hit another vehicle after running through a red light. The man in that vehicle, police said, went to the hospital with minor injuries.

Police said the man who posed as a woman could be a prostitute, but they said they are not investigating because he's already charged unauthorized use of a vehicle, a more serious crime.

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