Two CCPD officers recovering after overnight accident

Two CCPD officers recovering in hospital

CORPUS CHRISTI (KIII NEWS) -

Two CCPD officers are recovering after a car accident early Sunday morning. They were responding to a call when another driver ran into them.

3 News reporter Madeleine Dart reports.

Police say it happened around 3:45 am Sunday morning near the intersection of Golihar and Christie street.

The driver of the vehicle was uninjured but is now facing charges of intoxicated assault and driving with an invalid license.

Originally the officers were responding to reports of a man breaking in windows and assault with injury.

Lieutenant Nicholas Kless said himself and two of his officers were called on scene, he arrived first.

Lt. Kless said, “I put myself in the area and was waiting for them when one of the officers who was driving the vehicle when one of the officers over there came and advised they were in a major accident.”

When he got to the scene of the accident, Kless saw it was his colleagues who had been hit.

He added, “I was the first to arrive here, the damage is pretty horrific, the driver of the civilian vehicle was uninjured.”

CCPD was prompted to the scene to investigate what caused the accident.

Lt. Kless said it appeared that the officers were in the middle lane when an SUV likely ran through a stop sign and made a wide right turn onto Golihar, ultimately hitting the police unit.

The driver 23-year-old, Amos Cantu was detained on scene and later arrested on charges of intoxicated assault and driving with an invalid license.

Lt. Kless said it could likely result in a felony but that will be left to the D.A. as for now.

The two officers are recovering with non-life threatening injuries. One has possible broken wrist and the other has a shattered femur.


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Two CCPD officers had to be rushed to the hospital following an early morning accident.  The crash happened on Gollihar St. near Christie St. about 3:45 Sunday morning.  Police tell 3 News, the officers were on duty and were responding to an emergency call.  According to police, the officers were heading down Gollihar St. when the driver of a red SUV reportedly did not stop at a stop sign and pulled out from a side street onto Gollihar and struck the police cruiser.

"The damage is pretty horrific," said Lt. Nicholas Kless who was the first officer to arrive on the scene.  "The driver of the civilian vehicle was uninjured and he has been detained and we are investigating him for intoxication assault which is driving while intoxicated and injuring another person."

One of the officers was pinned inside the police cruiser.  Both officers sustained injuries and were taken to the hospital.  One of the officers had a possible broken wrist.  The other officer had a possible shattered femur according to Lt. Kless.

If arrested, the driver of the red SUV could face felony charges.  We'll keep you updated on this developing story.


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