• August 01, 2022

PAPD Officers Hit, Injured by Alleged DWI Driver in Port Arthur, TX Intersection

Port Arthur, TX — July 29, 2022, two PAPD officers were injured in a crash with a suspected DWI driver at a Port Arthur intersection.

According to reports the incident happened around 8:45 p.m. at the crossing of Turtle Creek Drive and Anchor Drive. Preliminary investigation suggests the officers were eastbound on Turtle Creek in a marked PAPD Chevrolet Tahoe as 71-year-old Gloria Roy was traveling south on Anchor Drive.

Reports say Roy disregarded a stop sign and traveled through the intersection, hitting the eastbound patrol unit and causing it to overturn.

Both officers in the Tahoe suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were treated at an area hospital. Roy, uninjured, was reportedly taken into custody on suspicion of DWI.

The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Alleged DWI Crash in Port Arthur

I'm relieved to see that the injuries dealt to those officers isn't thought to be dire. However, the crash should never have happened in the first place and I'd imagine the driver who hit the patrol unit will see some consequences for her actions. I'm not keen to gossip about what will happen between her and the courts, though. It's better to talk about possible ways to help the injured officers--including Texas dram shop law.

PAPD Officers Hit, Injured by Alleged DWI Driver in Port Arthur, TX Intersection

Under dram shop law a licensed alcohol vendor like a bar or nightclub isn't allowed to sell or serve drinks to an obviously intoxicated customer. Put another way, if a bar's staff can or should be able to tell that their customer's past her limits, they can't legally refill her glass. If they do so anyway, the law says they may be considered liable for any damage she causes or suffers while under the influence.

Not every DWI crash starts with a dram violation, and I don't know that any local businesses did anything wrong. However, if it's possible that one is ignoring the law and endangering the community (and its peacekeepers) doesn't it seem like someone should at least look into it?

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