A Dallas police officer was killed after being struck by a suspected drunk driver while on a funeral escort early Saturday morning, authorities said.
Sr. Cpl. Earl Jamie Givens, a 32-year veteran of the force, was killed after a Kia Sportage struck him while he was blocking an entrance ramp on Interstate 20, Chief U. Renee Hall said. The officer was doing a courtesy escort for fellow officer Tyron Andrews who died from cancer. Givens had been part of the motorcycle unit since 2012.
Senior Corporal Jamie Givens a 32 year veteran with DPD was hit and killed by a suspected drunken driver. A source says the suspect blew a .19 Blood Alcohol Content on breathalyzer test. pic.twitter.com/aBn0KSyz6b— Lori Brown (@LoriBrownFox4) July 21, 2018
Givens was transported to the Baylor University Medical Center where he was pronounced dead on arrival, FOX 4 reported. The officer was stationary with his motorcycle's lights on at the time when he was struck "at a high rate of speed" by the car. All eastbound lanes on I-20 were closed following the crash.
The driver of the SUV that hit Sr. Cpl. Givens was arrested on suspicion of DWI. pic.twitter.com/ohXoNQZWsh— Shannon Murray (@ShannonMFox4) July 21, 2018
The SUV collided into a concrete divider and the driver of the vehicle was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and a field sobriety test was conducted. The individual was identified as a 25-year-old black male, Dallas police said in a news release.
Read more on FOX NEWS.