Officer Injured in Alleged Drunk Driving Accident on US 83 in Rio Grande City, TX
Rio Grande City, TX -- April 16, 2022, an officer sustained possible injuries after an accident on US 83 allegedly involving intoxicated driving.
According to investigators, the crash took place at around 3:30 a.m. along US Highway 83 at FM 3167.
Investigators said that an officer was traveling eastbound on the highway and attempted a left turn onto FM 3167. Doing so, a westbound car reportedly went through a red light and crashed into the side of the police vehicle.
The officer's specific injuries were not given in the reports. Those reports suggested that there would be charges against the other driver for intoxication assault. It's unclear at this time if those steps were taken. Additional details are currently unavailable.
Commentary on Officer Alleged Drunk Driver Accident on US 83 in Rio Grande City
While it's encouraging to see there may not have been serious injuries here, any crash involving alcohol needs to be taken seriously. Part of that will be finding out where the alleged alcohol came from, if the allegations are true. This is due to dram shop law, which says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person can be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. While I've met plenty of officers aware of these laws, not every department prioritizes such matters, so getting help for folks involved in crashes like this can require more thorough independent investigations. Were those steps taken here?