Bexar County Jail's Fatal Flaws Come to Light
Published: June 5, 2013
Taylor bounced between short rehab stints in San Antonio and San Marcos much of the following year. None were longer than 30 days. “Each time Tommy would get out, he’d tell me, ‘Mom, I still feel terrible. I don’t know how long this can last,’” Terie said. It wasn’t long before he backslid.
In April 2012, Taylor called one of his probation officers saying he needed to find a long-term treatment center and had just secured a leave of absence from his job. Two days later, San Antonio police arrested him for driving high with pills in the car, charging him for DWI and misdemeanor drug possession.
One of Taylor’s probation officers revoked his probation and issued a warrant for his arrest shortly thereafter; Taylor’s family says it was to get him in front of a judge as soon as possible in hopes of getting court-ordered rehab, though Taylor’s probation officers wouldn’t speak to the Current to confirm the details.
What’s clear is that Taylor was picked up and taken to the Hays County jail, which triggered arrest warrants in Guadalupe and Bexar counties for violating probation. When a judge declined to order him into long-term treatment, Taylor got fed up. He told his mother he wanted to serve time on all his charges instead of waiting on probation, and find a six-month program when he got out.
Taylor served three weeks in Hays County and was subsequently transferred to Guadalupe County, where he served another few weeks. Due to a paperwork error, authorities never transferred him to Bexar County like they should have.
“He told me, ‘This is my lucky day,’” Terie said. “He was so happy he had a few days with Adilynn before going back to jail.”
The night she took him to jail, Taylor’s mother brought along Rachel Brunet to drop her off at a local halfway house. They left Canyon Lake, where Terie lives, that evening and stopped at an Arby’s along the way for dinner.
“Tommy wouldn’t tell me what he took, but I could tell he had been taking something,” Brunet said. “I think he wanted everyone to think he was clean and doing well … but you could see it in the pupils of his eyes. He had bright blue eyes, but they always looked distant when he was on something.”
Those first few hours in jail were always the worst, Taylor used to tell his mother. “I knew he wanted to take something,” Terie said. “I’m sure he wanted to just float through that first night.” Records indicate Taylor turned himself in at the front desk of the Bexar County jail at around 8 p.m.
Medical records from Taylor’s previous jail stint in Bexar County, after his April 2012 arrest, show he admitted to using “heroin or other opiate drugs,” and exhibited slurred speech at the jail. No such assessment took place the night Taylor turned himself in. One jail staffer, who didn’t want to be quoted discussing jail operations, said Taylor was never screened and said that it still takes several hours before many inmates receive such attention due to bottlenecks in the jail’s booking section.
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