A Texas police officer is currently recovering after she was struck by an alleged drunk driver. The driver is facing a drunk driving related charge for intoxication assault on a public servant. He has also been charged for failure to slow, causing serious bodily injury. Police might still be waiting on the results of a toxicology report.
The incident occurred at approximately 9:45 p.m., when the officer was responding to a traffic hazard. At that same time, a 58-year-old man was traveling in the same area. For reasons that are still not clear, the driver struck the officer as she stood along the road. The officer was transported to an area hospital with what were described as life-threatening injuries. She has since undergone emergency surgery.
The driver was apparently not injured in the wreck. However, police apparently suspected that he might have been under the influence at the time of the wreck. He was then arrested and booked into the local jail. Police then obtained a warrant to get a toxicology report, although they may have also had the driver undergo common forms of alcohol testing. These include field sobriety tests and Breathalyzer tests.
When faced with a drunk driving charge, Texas defendants usually understand just how much is on the line. People can potentially lose their licenses or even have to spend time in jail. Since drunk driving charges tend to move fairly quickly, addressing criminal defense concerns as early on in the process as possible can be helpful.