Bond set at $750K for alleged drunk driver accused of killing Pct. 7 deputy

Adolfo Serrano has a lengthy criminal history, according to court docs.

Here's what we know

HOUSTON – A suspected drunk driver accused of hitting the back of a Harris County Precinct 7 Constable Deputy’s patrol unit and killing her waived his right to appear in court Monday.

Adolfo Serrano, 36, was charged with felony intoxication manslaughter of a peace officer. His bond was set at $750,000. The state requested no bond because of prior convictions.

According to officials, Serrano was fleeing the scene of a crash he was previously involved in. Witnesses reportedly began following Serrano’s vehicle and called the police.

Deputy Jennifer Chavis responded to the call and parked her car on the roadway, in anticipation of Serrano. While parked on the side of the highway, Serrano reportedly slammed into the back of Chavis’ patrol SUV with his F-550 truck. Chavis’ vehicle was immediately engulfed in flames, and she did not make it out. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to a prosecutor, Serrano had red eyes and slurred speech while at the hospital following the crash. Authorities said he admitted to drinking a margarita. He also admitted to striking Chavis’ vehicle, authorities said.

The suspect in question appears to have a long criminal rap sheet that dates back to 2004 and spreads across various Texas counties, according to court documents.

Serrano has been arrested for a multitude of offenses, including burglary, assault causing bodily injury of a family member, DWI with a child under 15, and marijuana possession.

The suspect has previously been arrested in Harris County, Sugar Land, Richmond, and West Columbia.

Serrano is currently being held in the Harris County Jail.

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