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Dallas Officer In Crash With Suspected Drunk Driver

By Robbie Owens, CBS 11 News
(credit: Mario Villafuerte/Getty Images)

(credit: Mario Villafuerte/Getty Images)

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – An officer from the Dallas Police Department is in the hospital after a car crash involving a suspected drunk driver. The incident occurred just before 2:30 a.m. Monday morning, and serves as an example of why you can expect to see more police officers patrolling the streets over the next few weeks.

The incident happened near the intersection of Northwest Highway and Newkirk Street in Dallas, and took place just hours before the department’s scheduled announcement of a stepped-up, coordinated effort to take impaired drivers off of the roads this holiday season.

The Dallas Police Department, along with the Dallas Sheriff’s Department, plan to have more than a dozen additional officers on the streets during the holidays. The effort begins Wednesday and runs into the new year. This campaign’s sole purpose is to get drunk drivers off of the roadways so that everyone else is able to travel safely.

That effort is being called ‘Home for the Holidays’ and, fortunately, everyone involved in the early morning crash should make it home – at some point. The officer was not seriously injured, but was transported to a nearby hospital as a precaution. The suspected drunk driver now sits behind bars.

According to authorities on the scene, the suspected drunk driver was traveling westbound on Northwest Highway in a Chevrolet Suburban when he tried to make an unprotected left turn. The officer’s squad car, traveling eastbound, then T-boned the Suburban.

Three other passengers inside of the Suburban were not injured. Police said that they were all impaired, but not arrested. However, none of the passengers were able to drive home on their own.