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Pinellas DUI fugitive arrested in Texas

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HERNANDO COUNTY, FL (WFLA) - The Pasco County Sheriff's office says that Garrett Bruce is in custody in Katy, Texas, near Houston.

Bruce was scheduled to face trial this week for DUI manslaughter/vehicular homicide.  Pinellas Circuit Judge R. Timothy Peters canceled the trial on Monday after Garrett failed to show up for court.

Bail Bondsman Ralph Sims was in danger of losing his $100,000 bond, but he's happy now. "As of now he's back in custody and I'm off the hook," Sims said Wednesday night.

Bruce was found Wednesday at Camping World located on Katy Freeway where he was trying to get a fifth wheel travel trailer repaired. He had been staying there for the past two with his wife Jennifer Bruce and two sons, Brett and Dillon.

Backseat passenger Patrick Vossbein died in the 2011 Tarpon Springs crash that resulted in Bruce's original arrest for DUI manslaughter. The case prosecutor called Vossbein's mother found out Wednesday afternoon to say he was back in custody.

"Thank God he's finally in jail and we're getting justice for Patrick,"said Patricia Walker. "Now I'm just about the happiest person in the world."

Garrett Bruce was arrested and booked without incident at the Fort Green Sheriff's Office.  His wife and children are okay. 

Pasco County authorities last week put out a missing persons alert for Bruce's family, his wife Jennifer and sons Dylan, 7, and Brett, 5, who vanished two days after Bruce cut off his ankle monitor. 

"I feel sorry for the children," said Walker. "But I don't feel sorry for her. She needs to go to jail."

Authorities said Jennifer and the kids are free to return home to Pasco County if they wish since she doesn't face any charges.

If convicted, Bruce now faces the possibility up to 20 years in prison for DUI manslaughter, vehicular homicide and failure to appear in court.

Running away from his trial potentially added five years to his sentence.

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