EXCLUSIVE: Eric Perez, Man on the Run for a Week, Speaks Out

EXCLUSIVE: Eric Perez, Man on the Run for a Week, Speaks Out

By Devin Sanchez

NewsWest 9

MARTIN COUNTY - Back in December, NewsWest 9 told you about Eric Perez, the man who led law enforcement in Martin, Midland and Ector counties on a wild goose chase for a week.

On Tuesday, Eric Perez was brought back to Martin County on a bench warrant for the charges he faces there. He talked with NewsWest 9 about his week on the run.

"I threw the truck in drive and I took off," Perez said. "Here I am facing five to 99."

Perez crossed over three county lines, in a span of seven days back in December and January.

"It was New Years Day, I got pulled over in front of the airport. I ditched the car and took off on foot," he remembered, going into what happened a few days later. "I was at Kelly Grimsley in Odessa. I guess they saw my picture on the news. They went in there to apprehend me and I ran again."

The next day, January 4, 2013, Perez was finally caught at his home in Odessa.

"That's when the Marshals came. I heard them pull up in front of my house. They started jumping out. I went to run out the back door. They got me," he said.

He's been convicted in Midland and Ector County and Martin County is next.

"I'm looking at felony one, aggravated assault on a public servant and another evading charge," Perez said.

Martin County Sheriff John Woodward said Perez will stand trial in October.

"It was a pretty high profile case. Officers were in danger, so we're looking forward to getting some closure from it," Sheriff Woodward said.

Perez offered a word of advice to those who may follow in his footsteps.

"You're just running straight to prison. The more you run, the more they're going to want to get you. Eventually you will get caught, because it isn't just local police, it's everybody, wherever you run to," Perez said.