A suspected drunk driver injured two North Texas Department of Public Safety State Troopers after their official vehicle was rear-ended Sunday morning, authorities tell NBCDFW.
Sergeant David Cramer and Trooper Germaine Gaspard had pulled Abimael Valdez after they suspected him of driving while intoxicated on Interstate 635 just north of Oates Drive in Mesquite around 2 a.m. Sunday, according to investigators on the scene of the crash.
“Sgt. Cramer was standing partially outside of the patrol car when a silver Mazda 626 veered off of the roadway onto the shoulder and struck the DPS vehicle and Sgt. Cramer,” Mesquite Police Department Lt. Bill Hedgpeth said.
Cramer and Gaspard were rushed to Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas. Cramer was listed in critical, but stable condition Gaspard was treated for minor injuries.
The driver of the vehicle that hit the troopers is also suspected of driving while intoxicated. He has been identified as Malcom Christopher, and is being charged with intoxication assault.
Christopher was treated for a broken shoulder and released from Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas. He was booked in the Mesquite Jail.
Valdez, the driver of the vehicle Cramer and Gaspard originally pulled over, was not injured. He was booked into the Mesquite Jail on a DWI charge.