Officer Ruben Munoz was still in hospital as of Saturday night, a week after he was seriously injured in a multi-vehicle accident involving a suspected drunk driver on Sunday morning.
Around 2 a.m. Munoz responded to a call for a disabled vehicle and used his cruiser to block the scene on US 59 South.
The driver involved in that accident crashed into debris, lost control of his car and crashed into one of the interior walls, according to police.
Munoz had gotten out of his vehicle to take a sobriety test. When he was back in his squad car, which was parked in the hard shoulder, authorities said a pickup truck ran into it.
The driver admitted to having been drinking and was taken to a nearby location for a sobriety test, according to police.
“I would say 10 to 15 minutes after (the call) the tow driver called and said an officer was hit by another car on the freeway,” Officer Daniel Barbarick said.
Barbarick and Officer Demarcus Mitchell responded to the scene in which Munoz was seriously injured.
“That was probably one of the worst accidents I’ve ever seen,” Barbarick said. “His car didn’t look like a car anymore, it was just parts everywhere.”
Barbarick said he managed to get Munoz out of his squad car with the help of witnesses. Moments later, another car struck Munoz’s Tahoe.
“As soon as I got him out of the car, the second car pulled up within seconds,” Officer Barbarick said.
Both officers focused on moving their injured brother in blue to a safe location before performing CPR.
Police credit the two officers’ quick action and training for saving Munoz’s life. He was flown to a hospital and his condition is improving, according to police.
The first driver to ram the Munoz squad car was 25-year-old Julian Requena, police said. He is charged with two counts of assault. Other fees are pending.
Police believe all three civilian drivers involved may have been involved in alcohol. The investigations are still ongoing.
“Don’t drink and don’t drive,” Officer Mitchell said, “it’s not worth it. It’s not worth your life. It’s not worth someone else’s life. Second, we ask drivers on the road to be vigilant.”
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A GoFundMe as created to help with Munoz recovery costs.
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