Officer Injured in Alleged Drunk Driving Accident on I-45 in Houston, TX
Houston, TX -- January 14, 2023, a Houston Police Officer was injured in an accident along I-45 which allegedly involved a drunk driver.
Yet another possible alcohol-related crash coming out of the Harris County area. This one was said have happened at around 2:00 a.m. in the area of I-45/North Freeway and Loop 610, near Patton Street.
It appears a Houston Police officer was on scene along the northbound lanes of I-45 near Patton Street due to a previous crash that happened near Airline Drive. While there, a vehicle rear-ended the officer's vehicle, causing the officer to suffer injuries described as non-life-threatening.
The other driver, an unidentified woman, is accused of being drunk at the time, and charges of intoxication assault are said to be pending.
I hear from folks out in Harris County all the time about how sick they are of seeing drunk driving wrecks. If evidence proves this was yet another one, then it's truly a shame to see that it continues to be a serious problem. In fact, it's a problem all across the state—one I deal with constantly for my part investigating the bars, liquor stores, restaurants, and other businesses who illegally over-serve their customers and contribute these crashes.
Whatever led to this crash, officers shouldn't have to keep putting their life on the line simply helping to divert traffic. Continuing to ensure all parties are held appropriately responsible is a single but crucial step in our continuing battle against the dangers of drunk driving.