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Drunk Driver Slams into Police Car Responding to Earlier Fatal Crash

glass of liquor next to car key

According to The Eagle, a drunk driver crashed his car into an unoccupied police car while officers responded to an earlier fatal crash on Texas Avenue in Bryan, Texas.

Details of the Wreck

Police officers responded to a single-vehicle crash at around 2:30 a.m. on Sunday morning that left a 25-year-old man dead. A pickup truck driver traveling north failed to slow while navigating a curve, lost control of his vehicle and struck a concrete pole. The driver was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene.

As officials investigated this incident, 40-year-old Richard Allen Castle drove his vehicle into the empty police cruiser parked to block oncoming traffic.

Nobody sustained injuries in the second crash, according to The Eagle. Castle refused to partake in a field sobriety test at the scene and resisted arrest. Castle faces charges of driving while intoxicated and resisting arrest.

Texas Drunk Driving Statistics

Texas leads the nation in drunk driving deaths. The following information regarding drunk driving in Texas is provided by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD):

  • 1,446 people died in drunk driving wrecks in 2015, representing 40.9% of all total traffic deaths.
  • In 2015, there were 15,687 alcohol related crash injuries (.01 BAC or higher).
  • There were 99,195 DUI arrests in 2015, resulting in 71,030 DUI convictions.

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