On trial for DUI manslaughter, Garrett Bruce misses another court date
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Garrett Bruce, the man wanted on DUI manslaughter charges in Pinellas County, is still missing along with his wife and his two young sons.
Bruce had a status check Monday morning for his trial set to begin tomorrow, but because he's not in custody, the trial has been put off indefinitely.
"While my son's in ashes and now he's flying. He's running around and doing what he wants," says Patricia Walker, the mother of Patrick Vosbein who was killed in the crash in December of 2011.
She wants Bruce to serve the maximum of 15 years, and she's been driving 13 hours down from Tennessee for every court date that she can attend.
ABC Action News has also learned that the previous bondsman who covered Bruce's $100,000 bond received a tip that Bruce was looking into purchasing fake ID's and was a flight risk.
The bondsman said he quickly put Bruce back in jail and Ralph Sims, another bondsman, picked up the bond.
But Sims is now on the hook for the $100,000 bond and says he doesn't know where Bruce is.
Sims' secretary says they've hired several private investigators to track the four, and think the family fled the state of Florida.
The Pasco County Sheriff's Office says Bruce and his wife haven't used their credit cards or cell phones, making it that much harder to track them.
The State Attorney'sOffice told Patrick Vosbein's family it could take up to 60 days to extradite Bruce once he's located.