Police suspect driver of DWI; injured officer released from hospital
The Victoria police officer injured in a three-car wreck late Thursday was released from the hospital Friday.
The crash, which was reported just after 11 p.m., left the three vehicles heavily damaged on the northbound lanes in the 7000 block of North Navarro Street.
Officials had to close all three lanes for a few hours, diverting traffic near the Shell gas station as they helped the injured.
Sgt. Kelly Luther, 35, of Victoria, was stopped at the intersection, assisting a motorist who ran out of gas, when a white Chevrolet Silverado bypassed the officer's overhead flashing lights and plowed into her vehicle.
At the time, Luther was sitting in the front seat
The driver of the Silverado, Cody W. Parker, 23, of Victoria, was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. His case is under investigation, according to information from the Victoria Police Department.
Parker also was arrested on suspicion of unlawfully carrying a weapon after a search of his vehicle revealed a shotgun and a handgun inside.
Parker was released at 5:09 a.m. Friday after posting his bond, according to a spokeswoman with the Victoria County Sheriff's Office.
Jail records show Parker also was charged in March 2012 for alcohol or substance intoxication. He was issued a fine.
Parker underwent a field sobriety test at the scene of Thursday's accident when officers detected slurred speech and a smell of alcohol on his breath, according to the complaint filed by Senior Patrol Officer Joshua Robinson.
"I observed that his eyes were glossy and extremely red," Robinson wrote in the report, detailing that Parker appeared to be confused at the time.
The officer was unable to complete the sobriety walk because Parker "started complaining of injury."
Parker was transported to Citizens Medical Center, where he underwent a mandatory blood draw process and was arrested after being treated.
His blood-alcohol content level was not available Friday.
Luther chose not to comment about the crash because it is an open investigation, but Assistant Police Chief Roy Boyd said she is at home and recovering. Luther has been with the police department for 11 years, Boyd said.
The Move Over or Slow Down law requires motorists to move over to the next lane or reduce their speed by 20 mph when they see transportation vehicles flashing their emergency lights.
Drivers could be fined if they fail to comply. That fine would double if the violation occurs in a work zone. Violators can be fined up to $2,000.
"It's extremely important for people to understand the (Move Over or Slow Down) law and obey it," Boyd said. "When emergency responders are on the side of the road, it is an extremely hazardous situation - obey the law and remember that lives are on the line."