Suspected Drunken Driver Hits Texas Patrol Car


Another suspected drunken driver has been arrested after an incident involving a San Antonio police officer.

Karl Sidney, 44, was arrested early Monday morning after hitting a patrol car from behind on the Highway 281 access road between Donella Drive and Henderson Pass.

San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said Officer Joseph Flores was on his way to stop a separate incident involving a wrong-way driver when the crash happened.

Although Flores is expected to be OK, McManus said the incident is part of a much bigger problem.

"It's scary to think about it, but it's becoming routine thing, where police officers are being struck by (suspected drunken drivers)," said McManus. "We are putting everything in place that we can to help us deal with wrong-way drivers, whether they've been drinking or not, and to deal with people who insist on drinking and driving."

Part of that aggressive approach, McManus said, is expanding the No Refusal program to include Fiesta. Since Friday, McManus said police have arrested 87 people on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

In Sunday night's situation, McManus said Sidney refused a breathalyzer test and was subjected to a mandatory blood test upon refusal.

Sidney was arrested and taken to the Bexar County Jail.

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