Officer Ruben Munoz remains in hospital on Saturday evening after being seriously injured in a multi-vehicle crash involving a suspected drunk driver on Sunday morning.
Around 2 a.m., Munoz responded to a call from a disabled vehicle and used his patrol car to block the scene on US 59 South.
The driver involved in that accident hit some debris, lost control of his car and hit one of the interior walls, police said.
Munoz had exited his vehicle to perform a sobriety test. Once back inside his patrol car, which was parked in the emergency lane, authorities said a van crashed into it.
The driver admitted to drinking and was taken to a nearby location for sobriety tests, police said.
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“I would say 10 to 15 minutes after (the call) was when the tow truck driver called to say an officer had been hit by another car on the freeway,” the officer said. Daniel Barbarick.
Barbarick and Officer Demarcus Mitchell responded to the scene after Munoz was in critical condition.
“It was probably one of the worst crashes I’ve seen,” Barbarick said. “His car didn’t look like a car anymore. And then it was just parts everywhere.”
Barbarick said that with the help of witnesses, he was able to get Munoz out of his patrol vehicle. Moments later, another car hit Munoz’s Tahoe.
“Once I got him out of the car, within seconds the second car slammed into it,” Officer Barbarick said.
The two officers were focused on getting their injured brother in blue to a safe place before performing CPR.
The police department credits the quick action and training of the two officers with saving Munoz’s life. He was airlifted to hospital and his condition is improving, police said.
The first driver to hit Munoz’s patrol vehicle was 25-year-old Julian Requena, police said. He was charged with two counts of assault while intoxicated. Additional charges are pending.
Police believe alcohol may be a factor for the three civilian drivers involved. The case is still ongoing.
“Don’t drink or drive,” Officer Mitchell said, “It’s not worth it. It’s not worth your life. It’s not worth somebody else’s life. Second, we ask drivers on the road to be careful.”
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A GoFundMe has been created to help with Munoz’s recovery costs.
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