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County awards bid to repair jail

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By Megan Gray / Staff Writer

Denton County commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved the bid to repair the portion of the county jail facility that was damaged by an alleged drunk driver two weeks ago.

Denton-based Tremont Construction Services was the lowest of three bids received, said Beth Fleming, Denton County director of purchasing. Tremont’s bid of $61,547.07 was more than $13,000 cheaper than the next lowest bidder, Fleming said.

All insurance information has been turned over to the risk manager and attorney. Fleming said they hope to recoup some of the money through the insurance claims.

Rolando Hernandez, 34, attempted to drive through the back of the west wing of the pre-trial facility during afternoon visitation on March 9 after being denied a visit to his son because he was reportedly “extremely intoxicated,” according to sheriff’s officials.

Hernandez got into his truck and ran into two cars before turning toward the backside of pod Unit 16 and smashing into the jail wall, investigators said.

“The truck jumped the curb and ran through the security fence and hit the back of the building, knocking two inmates from their beds,” Sheriff Will Travis said.

The two inmates were transported to Denton Regional Medical Center before being cleared with minor injuries and placed back in jail, according to officials.

“The jail received extensive damage,” Sgt. Larry Kish said shortly after the crash.

The outside wall of the facility had a hole 3-1/2 to 5 inches wide, Kish said. Inside, bricks were knocked from the wall and the entire damaged area was estimated to be 3 1/2 feet wide by 5 feet tall.

Hernandez of Lewisville is being charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and one felony criminal mischief charge.

MEGAN GRAY can be reached at 940-566-6885. Her e-mail address is .