A possible drunk driver has been arrested after his vehicle struck and injured a Houston police officer and the driver he had pulled over on the shoulder of North Freeway early Monday morning. At approximately 1:45 a.m., according to the Houston Police Department, a Chevrolet Tahoe crossed the line and struck an officer’s stopped police cruiser after pulling over a driver on the North Freeway near Airline Drive. The officer was out of his car at the time of the crash. The struck cruiser hit the officer and the other vehicle that had been stopped. The man who was driving the Tahoe was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. The officer and the other driver were transported to an area hospital to be treated for possible injuries. The police investigation of the crash closed down all outbound lanes of the North freeway for approximately 2 hours. All too often, stopped police and other vehicles are struck by other drivers because of a failure by other drivers to move over. In the U.S. since 1999 more than 150 law enforcement officers have been killed and hundreds more injured after being struck by vehicles along U.S. highways, freeways and roads. The law says that drivers must move away from the lane nearest to a stopped emergency vehicle such as a police or highway patrol cruiser, ambulance or fire or tow truck and to slow down. Drivers who are driving under the influence of alcohol, however, have reaction times that are slowed and inhibited by alcohol. Alcohol can impair the ability to safely changing lanes and lead to accidents such as in this case. In in the State of Texas, driving under the influence of alcohol or driving while intoxicated (DWI) is considered a serious crime. Because drunk driving is one of the leading causes of fatal car accidents each year, the penalties for drinking and driving are severe. The legal blood alcohol level in the State of Texas that a driver must have to operate a vehicle is required to be below 0.08%. In the case of those who hold a commercial driver’s license, such as truck drivers, the limit is set at 0.04% or below. This lower limit for commercial driver’s license holders is the law in all 50 States. Accidents that are caused by a drunk driver are often more serious and cause more serious injuries and even fatalities. The penalty for driving drunk, even if it is a first offense can mean higher insurance rates or a complete loss of coverage, loss of driver’s license, high fines, extensive community service penalties and months or even years in jail time. If you or a loved one has been involved in a serious accident where a drunk driver is involved, it’s important to have an experienced legal representative working for you. Our attorneys have the advantage of many years of experience in successfully representing our clients in the Texas courts. We are dedicated to helping our clients recoup not only the cost of damages to their vehicles, but also to seeing that they are justly compensated for the costs of medical treatment, loss of work or wages, pain and suffering or a possible permanent disability. Give our offices a call with the details of your accident. We will match you with an attorney who will listen and give you sound advice on how to proceed with your case. We can also help you navigate through the many issues that arrive from insurance and long term care issues. Call to make an appointment. Your initial consultation is confidential and without cost or obligation.