Officer Injured in Alleged DWI Accident on Velasco Street in Angleton, TX
Angleton, TX -- October 22, 2022, an officer was injured due to an accident where an allegedly intoxicated driver hit them on Velasco Street.
Investigators said that the crash took place at around 2:00 a.m. along Velasco Street near the intersection of Dwyer Street. It appears that an Angleton Police Department officer was along the roadway after a traffic stop. While there, a Dodge Ram hit the officer.
The officer, a 26-year-old woman, had injuries said to be incapacitating injuries. Authorities say the Dodge fled the scene, but an officer apprehended that driver. They allege that the driver was Marco Leon Leal-Gonzalez, and they also believe he was intoxicated at the time. This and other details need more information to be confirmed.
Commentary on Officer Injured in Alleged DWI Accident on Velasco Street in Angleton
These are some serious allegations, though if they're true, it appears someone will be answering for their role in this officer's hardships. What should also get attention, however, is where that driver was coming from.
At 2:00 a.m., there is always a strong possibility that a driver was drinking at a bar prior to getting into an accident. This is uniquely significant because those bars can be liable under dram shop law for contributing to the victim's injuries. If an alcohol provider over-serves someone who's obviously intoxicated, they can be held accountable for the victim's injuries.
Did something like that happen here? Have authorities looked? Helping an officer who was hurt just trying to do their job is obviously a priority, but holding a negligent business accountable could both get that help while also making the community safer for everyone.