CARROLLTON, Texas - Two police officers in Carrollton narrowly avoided disaster early Sunday morning, when an alleged drunken driver came barreling toward their vehicles as they worked a crash. No officers were injured but it was undoubtedly a close call.
“I don’t know how close it came to them, but it was close enough that it’s of concern,” said Sgt. Brian Box with the Carrollton Police Department.
Carrollton police say two officers were working a minor crash in the northbound lanes of Interstate 35 near Crosby Road just before 4 a.m. Sunday when the drunken driving suspect slammed into the back of one of their police Chevy Tahoes.
The driver, 30-year-old Welsey Tyree, was going about 70 miles per hour while intoxicated and hit the Tahoe with such great impact it wrecked into another police Tahoe, police said.
“Hit it hard enough to hit a parked squad car, Chevy Tahoe, push it forward into another vehicle, causing substantial damage to both of them,” said Sgt. Box.
Tyree was the only person injured. He's currently charged with driving while intoxicated but police said there could be additional charges filed against him.
“We can’t control what other people are doing. We just hope they’re making the right decisions and their decision to not drink and drive,” Box said.
Tyree is a Garland ISD fine arts staff member. On the school district's website, he is listed as the color guard director at Lakeview Centennial High School.
The school district said it would not comment on personnel actions.
There is dash cam video of the crash but police are still working to retrieve it.