SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) — Two people have been arrested Wednesday on intoxication-related charges after an auto-pedestrian crash that involved two police officers, according to the San Marcos Police Department.
Right after placing a suspected drunk driver in the back of a cruiser, police say another car slammed full speed into theirs. They think that driver had been drinking, too.
Two officers were hurt but everyone was able to walk away on their own.
“Our guardian angels were there,” said Sgt Samuel Myers, with the San Marcos Police Department. “I just looked up the street, a white SUV coming at us, I yelled at them to move and I started running.”
It happened in an instant.
“It was a matter of second or two, that’s all the warning we had,” Sgt. Myers said.
At around 2:14 a.m., two officers were conducting a traffic stop at the 100 block of East Hopkins Street near The Square in downtown San Marcos.
The suspect, 24-year-old Breanna Kilgore, was arrested for driving while intoxicated. According to San Marcos PD, after Kilgore was seatbelted into the back of the police cruiser, a second vehicle crashed into the back of the car knocking both officers to the ground.
Kilgore was uninjured while the two officers sustained non-life-threatening injuries. They have since been treated for their injuries and released.
The driver of the second car, 21-year-old Zachary Adams, was arrested for intoxicated assault on a peace officer.
As San Marcos police Sergeant Samuel Myers examines the SUV that nearly killed him and his rookie partner, the 26-year veteran still shakes it off like its nothing.
“Our patrol car is a little worse, but he took some major damage.,” Sgt. Myers said.
“It hits me that we could have lost an officer,” Commander Chris Tureaud said.
Commander Chris Tureaud says this close-encounter should be a wake-up call for anyone who gets behind the wheel after a drink.
“They think they’re invincible, these kids. They think nothing is going to happen to them. But it can and it will,” Commander Tureaud said.
“There are definitely people who take the chance after they consume alcohol or drugs. Some of it, they don’t think they are intoxicated, some of it, ‘I’m just driving down the street,’ and some of it, they just don’t have the experience to know what level they are at,” Sgt. Myers said.
The good news, these officers say ever since Uber and Lyft started operating in the city, drinking and driving has decreased. Even still, Sergeant Myers will continue to keep his head on a swivel as he protects the people of San Marcos.
“That’s what we are out here for, it’s just to keep the streets safe and to keep stuff like this from happening,” Sgt. Myers said.
This wasn’t the first time this has happened to Sergeant Myers. He says about 10 years ago a drunk driver hit him during a traffic stop. He says that experience led to his quick response during this crash.
Kilgore has since been released on a $2,500 bond. Adams is still being held at Hays County Jail and has not yet been before a judge to set a bond.