Father of Slain Brenham Toddler Arrested for Evading Arrest

By: Meredith Stancik Email
By: Meredith Stancik Email

As if the death of a child isn't enough, there is more trouble for a Brenham family.

The father of the two-year-old who died last month allegedly at the hands of her baby sitter, has now had his own run-in with the law.

Police say Manuel Lopez, Alexia Lopez's father, was driving erratically Tuesday afternoon in Brenham. When a police officer pulled him over, Lopez, 24, allegedly stopped, got out of the car, yelled a few profanities, hopped back in the car and took police on a high speed chase.

Police say the 10 minute, 90 mph chase started in Brenham and ended close to Hempstead.

Several officers were involved in the chase and the Department of Public Safety even got involved. DPS says it laid spike strips, that caused one of Lopez's tires to blow out, but when Lopez kept going, troopers eventually shot the tires out with a rifle.

Lopez was arrested and charged with evading arrest, which is a felony. He is currently out of jail on a $5,000 bond.

As for the reason behind Lopez's erratic behavior, his friend tells News 3 he may have had a nervous breakdown.

However, police are still investigating the situation.

On another note, police are still searching for the Brenham baby sitter accused of killing Alexia Lopez. Berny Figueroa, 29, has been charged with capital murder after allegedly striking the toddler, causing fatal internal injuries.

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