Deputy fired after Abilene man climbs on top of moving patrol car


ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) — A Taylor County deputy who was driving while an Abilene man managed to escape his handcuffs, shatter a window, then climb onto the roof of the patrol car, has been fired. 

The deputy, Ricky Wombles, was terminated from his position with the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office following an internal investigation into the incident that took place Wednesday as inmate Martin Estrada, 31, was being transferred from Wichita Falls to the Taylor County Jail.

Authorities told KTAB and KRBC the deputy, “was terminated for violating Taylor County Sheriff’s Office policies concerning the safety and security of the inmate”   

A press release from the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office states the deputy placed Estrada in handcuffs and leg irons in Wichita Falls with the assistance of three staff members.

When Estrada and the deputy were on Hwy 277 in Archer County, Estrada “was able to free one wrist from his handcuffs and use it to shatter the rear passenger-side window of the patrol car,” according to the press release.

He then climbed on to the car and threatened suicide unless the deputy stopped, but the press release states the deputy refused and continued driving until backup units arrived from Wichita Falls.

Estrada did try to run once the deputy finally pulled over, but he was shocked and re-handcuffed without further incident. 

The Wichita Falls Sheriff’s Office helped get Estrada to the Taylor County Jail, where he is currently being held on bonds totaling nearly $1 million for various warrants, including several evading arrest incidents, robbery, and drug charges.  

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