On Tuesday, August 7th, at around 11 p.m., a Harris County Sheriff’s Office deputy was arrested for
drunk driving. The accident occured on the 6400 block of 43rd Street.
The individual, aged 57, was driving while intoxicated when she crashed into highway construction
about two miles away from her own home. According to reports, the individual had four 16-ounce
beers that night and failed a sobriety test after the crash.
No individuals were harmed in the accident. However, construction crew members had to help the
driver escape her car, and a forklift was used to remove the vehicle from freshly poured cement. The
deputy caused $2 million worth of construction damages as a result.
This is also the deputy’s second DWI. The other charge occured in 2010 but was dismissed upon
Moreno’s completion of a diversion program.
The deputy’s irresponsible actions resulted in a demotion to civilian while the case is resolved.
Driving while intoxicated is a serious crime that can result in the injury or death of innocent victims.
Statistics on Intoxicated Driving
- People drive drunk 300,000 times every day, however, only 2,800 are caught.
- The average drunk driver has driven while intoxicated at least 80 times before being involved in
an accident or caught for their wrong doings.
- 800 people are hurt every day in an accident related to drunk driving.
- An average of 29 people die every day in the U.S. in an alcohol-related crash.
What should you do if involved in one of these accidents?
The good news is that victims of alcohol-related crashes are likely to receive compensation if they
seek out legal protection. There are a number steps you can take if you have been involved in such an
- Depending on several factors, if you are able to move your vehicle to the shoulder and
get it out of traffic, do so – but only if it is safe.
- Call for help is possible. Even in a minor incident it is important to call the police.
- Never confront a drunk driver. Try to observe how the individual reacts and note down
their behavior to tell police.
- Let the police know what happened.
- Take photos or video of the accident if possible including damage to your vehicle.
- Hire a personal injury lawyer from Lapeze and Johns to handle legal specifics and get
you the most compensation possible for your injuries.