GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - A suspected drunken driver slammed into the back of a Grand Prairie police SUV and the crash was caught on video.
Grand Prairie police shared the dash camera video on social media with the caption, “This is why you don’t drink and drive!”
Police said it happened around 10:30 p.m. on July 22 as Ofc. Keidrick Wilson and Ofc. Johnathan Wallace were helping a stranded driver on Interstate 20 near Belt Line Road.
A suspected drunken driver apparently didn’t see the flashing lights and rammed the Wallace's SUV. The video shows the SUV being pushed into the disabled vehicle.
“We heard the impact and everything, it just kept coming and coming and coming. And we didn’t know at what point, it is going to stop and it never did until it hit the other car and you can kind of see us in the corner there still trying to get out of the way," Wallace said.
Fortunately, no one was inside the police SUV and everyone managed to jump over a guardrail to get out of the way.
“I’m definitely thankful, but you can’t help but think about all the what if‘s. What if Officer Wallace had been sitting in his squad car? What if that squad car hadn’t been there to shield those people?" Wilson said.
The suspect did suffer some serious injuries, though. She remains hospitalized and will be charged with driving while intoxicated once she recovers. She had a blood-alcohol level that was almost twice the legal limit, police said.
Grand Prairie police said so far there have been 238 DWI arrests in the city this year.