Manor police officer injured in head-on crash; teen driver now faces DUI

Travis County

MANOR, Texas (KXAN) — A Manor police officer is recovering, and a teenager who’s not even old enough to have a drivers license is being charged with a DUI.

According to Manor Police, officers responded to a 911 call about a home burglary around 4:40 a.m. Sunday in the 13700 block of Briar Creek Loop.

“Travis County received a 911 from a frantic homeowner saying that her home was being burglarized, somebody was trying to get in the door,” Manor Police Chief Ryan Phipps told KXAN. “She was explaining to the dispatcher she had gotten a butcher knife and gone into the hallway.”

Chief Phipps explained because burglary is a high priority call, if a Manor officer is close by, they’ll respond with the Travis County Sheriff’s Office to help.

When a deputy arrived first, “Some of the juveniles were outside the car. As he approached them they jumped in the car and fled,” Phipps said.

He said as they were driving away, they swerved to avoid hitting one cruiser, but hit the next one head-on.

The officer was transported by Austin-Travis County EMS and was released from the hospital Sunday. Manor PD told KXAN he will be recovering “at home for a week or two.”

“Very happy that it ended with just minor injuries. It could’ve been a whole lot worse, given the circumstances of the incident,” said Phipps.

According to Manor PD, the teenage driver was around 14 or 15 years old. There were 10 teens in the car with some likely in the back cargo area without seat belts. Phipps said the driver was driving her parents’ car.

He told KXAN, “Some of the charges that are already filed are DUI minor, driving under the influence, minor in possession of alcohol and possession of drug paraphernalia.”

Police are investigating if the teens were actually connected to the burglary call. The chief said they were the only people around at 4:40 in the morning.

“I think it’s really important for parents to know what their kids are up to,” Phipps said. “Have that line of communication, not just with their kids, but also the kids’ parents they’re hanging out with.”

Police said it’s possible more charges could be filed against the other teens in the car, but they won’t face curfew violations because this happened in Travis County.

There isn’t a juvenile curfew in Travis County, but there is one in Manor that applies to anyone under 17.

Children and teenagers are not allowed to be in public places or establishments between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. They also can’t be out during school hours Monday through Friday.

It is okay, however, if the minor is with a parent, on an errand for a parent or if it’s an emergency. Police officers must ask the minor’s age and reason for being in a public place before issuing a ticket or making an arrest.

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