El Paso Police Officer Charged with DWI in Deadly Central Texas Crash Placed on Paid Leave
An El Paso Police Officer accused of driving while intoxicated resulting in an out of town crash that led to death of one man will be put on paid administrative leave upon his return to El Paso.
According to DPS, 26-year-old Alan Eduardo Dieguez’s impaired driving was the catalyst that precipitated a chain reaction crash involving several tractor trailers outside a town about 50 miles north of Austin.
Austin news station KEYE described the accident as follows:
The driver of a white Hyundai, who is an off-duty El Paso police officer, was driving over 100 MPH when he rear-ended one of the tractor trailers.
The driver of that truck pulled over to see if the Hyundai driver was okay. DPS says that's when a second tractor trailer hit debris from the crash and skidded off the roadway, killing the truck driver who had gone to check on the driver of the Hyundai.
The third tractor trailer also hit debris causing it to catch fire."
Dieguez, who was off-duty at the time, has been charged with DWI and misdemeanor unlawful carrying of a weapon.
Per an EPPD press release, he will be placed on paid administrative leave. El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen declined to comment.