Off-Duty Officer Hit, Injured in Hit-and-Run at Cowboys Dancehall in San Antonio, TX
San Antonio, TX — November 14, 2022, an off-duty police officer was hit and injured by a suspected drunk driver at Cowboys Dancehall in San Antonio.
Authorities say the incident happened around 1:30 a.m. at Cowboys Dancehall along Interstate 410. Preliminary investigation suggests the off-duty Von Ormy police officer, working security at the time, was escorting a woman out of the bar.
The woman's boyfriend allegedly got in a pickup truck and hit the officer, pinning him against another vehicle. The boyfriend drove away afterward but crashed a short time later and was taken into custody. Police believe he was intoxicated at the time.
The officer, the driver's girlfriend, and the driver all sustained injuries.
The crash remains under investigation. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on San Antonio Hit-and-Run at Cowboys Dancehall
If reports are accurate it seems only right that someone who acted as the hit-and-run driver did faces consequences, but things may not be as cut-and-dried as they seem. For instance, if he was intoxicated as police suspect then he may not be the only one to hold accountable for the damage done. Such situations are why it's important to know about Texas dram shop law.
Under dram shop law a licensed alcohol vendor (bar, club, store, restaurant, etc) that sells or serves drinks to an obviously intoxicated customer may be partly responsible for any injuries that customer causes or suffers while intoxicated.
Most bars play by the rules, and I'm not accusing a business of wrongdoing by mentioning dram shop. However, if the suspect just exited a bar with his girlfriend right before his decision to hit and run then I think it's best to find out exactly how he spent his time there that evening. If an alcohol vendor's law-breaking negligence and some victims' need for help can be addressed at the same time, that's all the more reason to look into it.