HPD Officer, 1 Other Injured by Alleged DWI Driver on Southwest Fwy in Houston, TX
Houston, TX — November 15, 2022, a Houston police officer and another person were injured by a suspected drunk driver on the Southwest Freeway in Houston.
Authorities say the incident happened around 1:30 a.m. along the 6600 block of the freeway near Hillcroft. Preliminary investigation suggests an HPD officer was chasing an unrelated suspect on foot in the area. The officer caught the fleeing suspect and had them on the ground when a vehicle approached and hit them both.
Both victims were transported to a local hospital in reported stable condition. The driver who hit them was detained on suspicion of DWI.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Alleged DWI Accident on SW Freeway in Houston
It's concerning any time alcohol comes up in reference to an incident like this. If investigators find clear proof the driver was intoxicated, it's not unreasonable to want that person to face consequences--after all, drunk driving puts everyone on the road in danger. However, many may not realize that accountability doesn't necessarily stop at drunk drivers. It may also involve any complicit alcohol providers who over-served them.
Texas dram shop law says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for injuries that person causes while under the influence. When bars, clubs, restaurants, and stores ignore the law and fail to cut someone off, they put lives at risk--until they face consequences significant enough to make them clean up their act. Dram shop can be the tool to do that while also getting the people they hurt the help they need and deserve.
Having said that, I don't know all the circumstances of the Houston accident. Not every drunk driver is fueled up by a negligent bar, but the mere possibility should be investigated carefully in case a local business needs a harsh lesson in best practices. If the injured officer and the other victim can be helped with getting back on their feet, that's all the more reason to take the necessary steps.