Sunday, May 20, 2018
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Man who fled from manslaughter charge apprehended in Texas

A man who fled the area with his family to avoid a vehicular homicide charge was captured in Texas on Wednesday, Pasco sheriff's officials said.

Garrett Bruce, 33, of New Port Richey was apprehended by the U.S. Marshals Service in Katy, Texas, at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. He was found at a Camping World, where he was trying to get a fifth-wheel travel trailer repaired, officials said. He had been staying there for two days with his wife, Jennifer Bruce, and sons, Brett, 5, and Dillon, 7. Sheriff's officials said the children were not injured. Pasco sheriff's spokeswoman Melanie Snow said the wife has not been charged with anything.

Bruce and his wife told the kids they were going on a vacation, but in reality had no particular destination, Snow said. Garrett Bruce had shaved his hair to change his appearance, sheriff's officials said.

Officials said Jennifer Bruce checked her kids out of a local school and said they wouldn't return. She also left a voice mail on her father's answering machine saying goodbye.

Garrett Bruce didn't show up for a Jan. 27 hearing. Officials learned he had removed an ankle monitor he was ordered to wear. He faced vehicular homicide and DUI manslaughter charges for a December 2011 crash in Tarpon Springs that resulted in the death of a passenger. A test showed Bruce's blood-alcohol count was 0.103.

Bruce was being held in a Texas jail Wednesday and faces extradition to Florida.

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