Suspect attempts getaway with car full of children

By Brandon Evans | Published Wednesday, August 28, 2013

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A man wanted on outstanding warrants from Tarrant County attempted to outrun law enforcement Sunday night while he had four children in his vehicle.

Octavio Fernandez

Octavio Fernandez, 31, of Fort Worth, was northbound on U.S. 287 between Decatur and Rhome. A 911 call at 9 p.m. reported a potential domestic disturbance occurring inside the man’s traveling vehicle.

Wise County sheriff’s deputies responded, and Rhome police officer Chance Garrett, who was in the area, assisted with the stop.

Fernandez initially pulled over for officers, but then decided to take off.

Wise County Sheriff David Walker said Garrett acted quickly, shooting out one of the tires on the suspect’s vehicle when he attempted to drive away. His actions might have saved lives, considering the dangers of a high-speed chase and the fact that there were children on board.

Fernandez, who had traffic warrants out of Fort Worth, racked up a host of additional charges during his ill-advised getaway attempt.

He was charged with one count of attempting to evade arrest or detention with a vehicle, one count of assault to cause bodily injury to family member and four counts of endangering a child. As of Tuesday afternoon, he remained in Wise County Jail with bond set at more than $100,000.

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