Police Chase That Ended at Wal-Mart Began Over Loud Music

Family says suspect has depression and sometimes does not take his medication

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    The family of Eddiberto Hernandez, the man who led police on a chase that ended in Dallas last night, say it might not have been his fault.

    A Dallas man arrested on felony evading arrest charges may not have even earned a citation when officers initially stopped him in Garland.

    Two Garland patrolmen say they pulled over Eddiberto Hernandez, 30, because he was playing music in his sport utility vehicle so loudly, it could be heard from more than a block away.

    One of the officers reported that Hernandez seemed erratic when he approached the SUV, and then Hernandez suddenly took off.

    What happened next was a dangerous, high-speed chase through parts of Garland, Dallas and Dallas County. In all, five different police agencies pursued Hernandez until he was captured at the entrance of a Wal-Mart in Dallas.

    Garland police said their officers backed out of the chase when Hernandez drove the wrong way on an Interstate 30 service road.

    Hernandez’s family questions the injuries they have noticed in his jail book photo. They said he is not dangerous but has depression and sometimes does not take his medications. Family members said they suspect not taking medication is what led to Wednesday's incident.

    "On or off meds, you are still supposed to be able to operate a vehicle proficiently, and that was not done," Garland police spokesman Officer Joe Harn said.

    Hernandez has been arrested before on suspicion of DUI, assault, drug possession and evading arrest. Hernandez, who is currently on probation, is jailed on a charge of felony evading arrest.

    Harn said it is possible that Hernandez could face more charges in the case.