Suspect spoofs policeman, flees scene for brief joy ride

A routine traffic stop at 2:20 a.m. Saturday morning took Brady’s newest police officer, Frank Tabor, by surprise. A scene that could have come from “Top Cops” had Tabor on foot and without a patrol car as his recently arrested suspect, William Gonzalez, fled the scene behind the steering wheel of Tabor’s car. Stopped at the corner of 10th and China Streets, the suspect was arrested on two warrants, burglary and revocation of probation. He was handcuffed (hands behind him) and placed in the back seat of the patrolman’s car. Gonzalez, a 21-year-old Brady man, managed to manipulate his hands to the front, climb over the seat and take off in the patrolman’s car. Tabor was struck by the vehicle as he tried to stop the suspect from fleeing but didn’t sustain any serious injuries. According to Brady Police Chief John Stewart, not all of the patrol cars used by the force are equipped with steel cages that separate the front and rear seats. “We have one unit that is equipped with a cage,” said Stewart. “The two newest cars don’t have cages. This is something that will probably be corrected very soon.” After fleeing from the scene on China Street, Gonzalez later dumped the car at 17th and Wall Streets. There was no apparent damage to the vehicle. The suspect then proceeded on foot for a brief period and was brought into custody the second time by Deputy Adam Hernandez. Gonzalez was apprehended near the Parkway Apartments on the Old Nine Road. As a result of his attempt to flee and in addition to the arrest for the two outstanding warrants, Gonzalez added an escape from custody arrest once apprehended by Hernandez. This is a third degree felony, ” said Stewart. “This man could be looking at a prison sentence of no more than 10 years or less than two, in addition to a fine of up to $10,000.” Tabor, 24, and a graduate of the Abilene Council of Government’s Police Academy, began patrolling the streets of Brady in early January. Tabor grew up in Brady and is a 1995 graduate of Rochelle High School. In his first assignment as a police officer, Tabor stepped in to fill the vacancy recently created by the resignation of officer Jose Gutierrez who relocated to Ozona.

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