Sunday, November 21, 2010

Patrolling the DMZ

Why is his bulletproof vest in the trunk of his car? 

Man, I'd be wearing mine.

Be safe out there Troopers.

DPS pursuits skyrocketing on border
Texas Tribune and Express-News Staff reporters

McALLEN — On a quiet November morning, trooper Johnny Hernandez patrols the dusty back roads along the Rio Grande in Hidalgo County. In the back seat, his M4 rifle sits within arm's reach. In the trunk, he stores a bulletproof vest.

The 15-year Department of Public Safety veteran has been in so many high-speed pursuits that he can't remember the first one, and, to be honest, he says he doesn't even think of them in terms of which one is scariest.

“There's just so much” going on, he says. “Your thoughts are going 100 miles per hour.”

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