Man charged with DUI manslaughter still missing along with family, misses another court appearance
Man missing with family
1:27 PM, Jan 30, 2014
1:54 AM, Jan 31, 2014
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Garrett Bruce, the Pasco County man facing for DUI manslaughter charges, failed to show up for another pre-trial hearing on Thursday morning.
Bruce, his wife Jennifer and their two sons, ages 5 and 7, have not been heard from for several weeks.
He's facing up to 15 years in prison and is out on a $100,000 bond.
The Pasco Sheriff's Office put out a notice about their disappearance just last week, but they are believed to be safe.
Thursday morning, Pinellas County Judge Timothy Peters said the trial cannot go on and witnesses cannot be flown into town until Bruce is in custody and in court.
"Let's do this again on Monday morning on an absolute final report on whether they have located this guy, or they haven't located this guy," Judge Peters said at the pre-trial hearing.
Bruce is accused of driving with a .103 blood alcohol content on the night of Dec 11, 2011 when the car he was driving in slammed into a concrete utility pole.
His two coworkers at a Papa John's pizza store, Elliott Lewis and Patrick Vosbien were passengers.
Vosbien was ejected through the front windshield and died from injuries a few days later at Bayonet Point Regional Medical Center.
His mother has shown up to many court appearances and can't believe that Bruce has continued to skirt the law and authorities.
"He's out doing whatever he wants. He needs to come home. Garrett come home, and face the responsibilities for what you have done!" Patricia Walker demanded outside of the courthouse.
Walker was joined by Vosbien's fiancee who also had a few choice words for Garrett Bruce.
"Man up, and come in. Don't involve your family in this. It's already a horrible situation," Leah Selevan said.
While authorities has sought the public's help in looking for the Bruce family, Garret Bruce's attorney tells ABC Action News he hopes his client shows up in court on Monday so the trial can start on Tuesday.