A suspected drunk driver recently appeared in court after allegedly causing a fiery crash involving two Houston Police Department officers. The suspect, a 23-year-old man, told police that he was drunk and was purchasing beer before the accident. Although the accident was very serious, both police officers involved are expected to survive. One of the police officers suffered burns on half his body.
According to the driver, he bought beer at a store down the street from the crash. He visited the store a few times that day. Two receipts were found on the man after the accident. Prosecutors are pulling surveillance video and checking with other establishments that may have sold the man alcohol.
If a customer is visibly intoxicated, it is illegal in Texas to sell additional alcohol to him or her. If a business does sell alcohol to an intoxicated customer, that business can face both civil and criminal charges. The man who caused the accident faces charges of intoxication assault of a peace officer, and a failure to render aid. If he is convicted, he faces 60 years behind bars.
If you have been harmed in an accident involving a drunk driver, you should speak with an attorney. You may have legal options against not only the driver who caused the accident, but also a business which served alcohol to the drunk driver. Call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707 to learn more about your options. You can also learn more about the firm on our LinkedIn page.