Officer Injured in Alleged DWI Accident on Almeda Genoa in Houston, TX
Houston, TX -- May 28, 2022, an officer was injured after an accident along Almeda Genoa Road allegedly involving alcohol.
Officials responded to the area of Almeda Genoa Road and Radio Road at around 11:05 p.m. According to reports, an officer was in their cruiser blocking a portion of eastbound Almeda Genoa due to a previous crash. While there, a 33-year-old man in a Honda Accord reportedly crashed into the police vehicle, pushing it into another officer outside the vehicle.
The female officer in the cruiser had incapacitating injuries while the officer outside the vehicle reportedly had non-incapacitating injuries. The Honda driver's condition wasn't specified. Police said they believe the man was under the influence of alcohol at this time. Charges are pending.
Commentary on Officer, Alleged DWI Accident on Almeda Genoa in Houston
Unfortunately in Texas--and Houston especially--blocking traffic is one of the riskier things an officer can do. Time and time again, intoxicated drivers plot into them, causing serious damage. It's at least some silver lining here that no one was killed, but there is still the matter of ensuring there are consequences for those responsible for all of this. That can certainly be the driver that hit the officers if evidence shows they were indeed drunk. But there could also be another accomplice to confront.
When I speak to officers concerned with the plague of drunk driving in our communities, I'm always surprised how many of them weren't ever taught about dram shop law. Basically, says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person can be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. Bars, restaurants, liquor stores, and other businesses putting their communities in danger for a few sales is unacceptable, and dram shop provides a tool to hold them accountable and to get folks some much needed help.
I have no doubt officers would be just as dedicated to seeking out those negligent businesses as they are drunk drivers, but their department heads don't often prioritize such investigations. That's why it often falls to independent professionals like myself to seek out and hold accountable those establishments. Hopefully steps are being taken here to ensure these officers are getting the answers and the help they deserve.