ORANGE GROVE - A 31-year-old man who was being transported to the Jim Wells County jail broke a window to a patrol unit Wednesday.
Deputies were called to Orange Grove to check on a stolen vehicle. As they approached the area they observed Leroy Ortiz walking. Deputies knew that Ortiz had outstanding warrants and stopped to talk with him.
While talking with Ortiz, a confirmed gang member, deputies confirmed the warrants and arrested him. In the course of the stolen vehicle investigation they also determined that Ortiz was responsible for the stolen vehicle that was crashed on the 200 block of County Road 306-1, according to officials.
Deputies placed Ortiz in the back of a patrol unit to be transported to the county jail. As he was being transported Ortiz became irate and broke the window by kicking it with his feet, according to officials.
When the deputy pulled over to check on the broken window and Ortiz, Ortiz attempted to escape through the broke window, officials said. However, deputies were able to foil his escape plot and eventually booked him into the JWC jail.
According to sheriff officials, Ortiz has been booked into the JWC jail 29 times before this incident, has more than 44 different charges in the state of Texas and has had six convictions including one for aggravated robbery.
"He's a threat to society," JWC Sheriff Daniel Bueno said. "He gets arrested and makes bond. These cases need to go to trial...Every time he gets arrested he'll do anything to escape. He cost taxpayers about $500 to $1,000 on the patrol unit. He put a vehicle out of commission and he put the (deputies) in jeopardy. This is a very dangerous individual."
He was charged with theft of property, two counts of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, escape while arrested, resisting arrest and criminal mischief. He was given a total bond of $51,000.