Wrong-Way Driver Who Hit Officer Charged With DWI

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FORT WORTH (KRLD 1080) – A wrong-way driver on Interstate 35W, who Fort Worth police say caused the injury of an officer early Wednesday, is now charged with DWI.

Police say Emilia Ybarra, 55, caused two crashes along I-35 just before midnight.

The first involved a Fort Worth police officer who swerved his squad car to miss Ybarra, only to have an SUV in the next lane rear-end him. He was taken to the hospital and later released.

Police say Ybarra kept going south, against traffic, and slammed into two cars about six miles away. Both the passengers were ok.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving officials have released a statement:

“MADD is enraged at the selfish actions of an alleged drunk driver who caused several crashes on I-35 this morning. Our hearts go out to the families of the injured victims—including a police officer in the line of duty. Drunk driving is a violent and 100 percent preventable crime and it is saddening when our law enforcement heroes are impacted by a preventable crime they are working so hard to protecting our communities from.”

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