• August 04, 2022

FWPD Officer Injured by Alleged DWI Driver on Lancaster Ave in Fort Worth, TX

Fort Worth, TX — August 3, 2022, a FWPD officer was struck and injured by an alleged drunk driver on East Lancaster Avenue in Fort Worth.

According to reports the incident happened around 11:15 p.m. on the 3700 block of East Lancaster. Preliminary investigation suggests officers in the area were pursuing an unrelated suspect who was fleeing on foot.

One officer in a patrol unit was traveling on Lancaster with emergency lights and siren activated when they started to pass another vehicle. Reports say the other driver failed to yield to an emergency vehicle and swerved into the driver's side of the patrol car. The impact pushed the officer off the road and they crashed into a nearby tree.

The officer was extricated by firefighters and was then transported to a local hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries.

The suspect who hit the patrol unit reportedly fled the scene but was found a short time later. He allegedly showed signs of impairment and was later charged with intoxication assault and leaving the scene of an accident.

The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on FWPD Officer Accident on Lancaster Ave

If blood tests confirm alcohol was involved here as police believe, some may think that just means the suspected DWI driver will face related charges. However, if intoxication was a factor then there may be other issues to address. For instance, police should also find out where the suspect drank that night. But why would that matter?

FWPD Officer Injured by Alleged DWI Driver on Lancaster Ave in Fort Worth, TX

Texas and many other states broaden the responsibility for DWI wrecks beyond the drivers to sometimes include the businesses that sold or served them drinks. If further investigations find a licensed alcohol vendor provided more alcohol to the suspect after they were obviously intoxicated, that business may be responsible for the officer's injuries under Texas dram shop law. It would then be legally obligated to help them get back on their feet, which doubles as a valuable lesson to make it clean up its act.

Dram shop law was created to ensure negligent over-service is met with appropriate consequences. Not every DWI wreck starts with a dram violation, but they're more common than people think and it's always best to stop a reckless business from endangering its community. Will the authorities look into a possible dram violation here, or would an independent investigation better ensure that injured officer gets all the help they deserve?

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