FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Bond has now been set for a Fort Worth police officer currently jailed and charged with intoxication assault after a car crash in Hurst early Wednesday morning. He was said to be driving drunk.
A municipal judge arraigned Captain Daniel Humphries this morning and set his bond at $15,000. As of 10:45 a.m. Humphries was still in the Euless Jail, but is expected to be released sometime today.
“We get him out of jail and then we see if the case gets filed with the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office,” said Tim Choy, the lawyer for Humphries. “If so, we’ll take a look at the file, investigate it fully and we’ll represent Capt. Humphries.”
The crash happened just after 2:00 a.m. on Wednesday, as Humphries, who as off-duty at the time, was returning from another officer’s retirement party. Humphries was in a Fort Worth Police Department vehicle when he stopped — or started to move very slowly — in the eastbound TEXpress lanes of State Highway 121, near Norwood Drive.
Investigators in Hurst said the 45-year-old officer had pulled onto the shoulder of the highway and was just starting to get back onto the road.
Humphries was rear-ended by 52-year-old Mark Holley. The impact sent the police officer’s vehicle spinning into the left lane and facing the wrong direction. Holley was hurt during the incident. It took first responders about 40 minutes to free him from his mangled vehicle, but his injuries were not life threatening.
Holley was also arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance.
Meanwhile, the Fort Worth Police Department placed Humphries on restricted duty and started an internal investigation into the incident. He has been with the department since 1992 and was in charge of the traffic division. Police policy forbids using a department vehicle for any reason after consuming alcohol.
“What we do know is that Capt. Humphries has a stellar police record,” Choy added. “Once we have the opportunity to get the case, we will commit fully and look at the charges, if there are any.”
Mayor Betsy Price called the incident “an incredibly unfortunate situation for all involved.”