El Paso, Texas (KTSM) - Two people are behind bars and one El Paso Police Officer is lucky to be alive after a series of events early Friday morning that allegedly involved not one, but two drunk drivers.
Police say that EPPD Officer Andy Rodriguez, who is a 23-year veteran assigned to the DWI Task Force, was investigating a suspected DWI crash on Montana near George Dieter just before 3 a.m. Friday morning.
While he was conducting the field sobriety test on the suspected drunk driver, another driver, identified as 23-year-old Sherry Lorraine Rodriguez, slammed into the back of a marked patrol unit that was assisting Officer Rodriguez, sending the marked unit careening toward Officer Rodriguez and the man he was conducting the field sobriety test on.
The video clearly shows Officer Rodriguez attempt to pull the suspected DWI driver away from the crash site and push him off the road before being struck by the patrol unit that was veering toward them. Officer Rodriguez was violently thrown in the air and landed on his back.
He was taken to the hospital where he was released earlier this morning.
The man who Officer Rodriguez was performing the sobriety test on was uninjured, but was subsequently arrested for DWI and booked into the El Paso County Jail.
Sherry Rodriguez was also arrested and charged with DWI and booked into the El Paso County Jail on a $2,500 bond. She later posted bond and was released from jail.