• May 22, 2017

San Antonio, TX Police Officer Injured in Alleged DUI Accident near 18300 Blanco Road

San Antonio, TX -- An alleged DUI incident in San Antonio, TX left an unidentified police officer with injuries Sunday, May 21, 2017.

Based upon media reports, the victim's vehicle was parked in front a car occupied by an intoxicated driver. Police say the suspect was passed out in a vehicle in the drive-thru of a fast food restaurant near 18300 Blanco Road around 5 a.m.

At some point, the injured officer reached inside the suspect's vehicle to shut the engine off. The suspect than awoke, hitting the gas pedal, going in reverse. The injured officer was dragged up to 20 yards, and was left with several cuts and bruises.

The driver of the offending vehicle was arrested at the scene.

The investigation is ongoing.

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Commentary

We can all be thankful the officer in this incident wasn't more seriously injured as a result of this individual's reckless behavior. All too often, the outcome of these types of incidents is far deadlier. This individual faces some serious charges for their role in the crash, but what if there's another entity involved? According to Texas liquor liability law, if the suspect was drinking at a bar beforehand, the law might consider that establishment an accomplice in this crash.

Dram shop law allows victims of drunk driving crashes to sue bars that heedlessly over-serve individuals that cause them harm. This law is not an opportunity for drunk drivers to shirk the role they play in a crash. On the contrary, those individuals face criminal and/or civil punishment while dram law punishes establishments civilly for enabling negligent drivers.

Alcohol seems a likely cause in this incident. However, we can't say a bar over-served the suspect until we learn the outcome of a more thorough investigation.

--Grossman Law Offices

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