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Drunk driver arrested after causing crash that injured Fort Worth officer, police say

Morning headlines for Thursday August 4, 2022
Morning headlines for Thursday August 4, 2022 03:06

FORT WORTH, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) — A Fort Worth officer is hospitalized after a drunk driver caused him to crash into a tree Wednesday night, police said. 

At about 11:17 p.m. Aug. 3, the officer was responding to a call to assist another officer who was involved in a foot pursuit of an unrelated suspect.

The officer was traveling westbound in the 3700 block of East Lancaster Avenue and was passing the suspect's vehicle when the suspect failed to yield and instead turned into the front of the officer's patrol vehicle, police said.

Police said the impact forced the patrol vehicle to the right, where it exited the roadway and hit a tree—trapping the officer inside.  

The officer was extracted from the vehicle and then taken to John Peter Smith Hospital in an unknown condition.

Police said the suspect fled the scene but was later found by officers a short distance away. An officer from the Driving While Intoxicated Unit determined the driver was intoxicated and placed him under arrest.

The suspect—whose identity has not been released—faces charges of intoxication assault and leaving the scene of an accident.

This is an ongoing investigation.

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