Texas state trooper was hit by car while helping to pull over suspected drunk driver on I-10, Chambers County Sheriff says

Tue, May 30, 2023 2:13 PM

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Chambers County, Texas (KTRK) – A Texas trooper was hit by a car and ended up trapped between cars while assisting a traffic stop involving a drunk driver on I-10, according to the Chamber County Sheriff’s Office.

The DPS soldier was taken to hospital by Life Flight, but the driver who crashed into the officer died, Sheriff Brian Hawthorne confirmed.

It all started when a call came in around 7 am on Tuesday about a suspected drunk driver on the highway.

A DPS member located the suspect, who stopped in the middle of the main eastbound lanes of I-10, the sheriff’s office said. That soldier had to move the suspected drunk driver’s vehicle off the road to the shoulder.

Then a deputy showed up to help. Soon after, another DPS policeman pulled up behind the deputy for backup as authorities said the drunk driver had not complied.

Hawthorne confirmed to ABC13 that as the second soldier was walking to the scene, another car crashed into the soldier’s car, pinning the officer between the vehicles.

Eastbound traffic on I-10 has been stopped due to an ongoing investigation. Drivers are forced to disembark at exit FM 563.

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