ABILENE, Texas (AP) — A West Texas sheriff’s deputy has been fired after video showed him driving down a Texas highway with an inmate sitting on the roof.
The deputy had been transporting 31-year-old Martin Gregory Estrada when the man broke a patrol car window and climbed onto the vehicle’s roof.READ MORE: Texas Inmate Rick Rhoades Faces Execution For Fatally Stabbing Brothers 30 Years Ago
The deputy summoned help and didn’t stop until backup arrived.
A Taylor County Sheriff’s Office spokesman says the deputy was terminated for violating office policies on inmate safety and security.READ MORE: North Texas Woman Whose Unborn Child Could Not Be Saved Shares Personal Abortion Story
Officials say Estrada was being taken about 150 miles from a hospital facility in Wichita Falls to Abilene. Investigators say Estrada slipped out of his handcuffs at one point, shattered a back window in the patrol car and climbed on the roof.Texas Secretary of State’s Office Releases New Information On Audit of 2020 Election
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