A Denton law enforcement officer was recently injured at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital while guarding an inmate who was also a patient at the hospital. The event occurred when the inmate attempted to run out of the hospital room when part of the inmate’s restraint system was removed. When the law enforcement officer approached the inmate, the officer fell and struck his face on part of a window. Law enforcement later caught the inmate on hospital property and charged him with failure to identify as a fugitive and escape resulting in bodily injury, which is classified as a first degree felony in the state of Texas. The inmate was initially arrested on a charge of possession of a controlled substance between 4 and 200 grams. The inmate also had three outstanding warrants in Denton County for theft of a firearm. The inmate is currently being held at the Denton County Jail.
Escape resulting in bodily injury in the state of Texas is grouped into several crimes that generally relate to actions that work against the government’s processes. The penalties associated with this offense can be particularly serious, which is why it is important that anyone facing these charges seeks the help of a criminal defense attorney.
Situations in Which Escape Charges Arise