Man Who Rear-Ended Dallas Police Car Charged With Drunk Driving

Alan Scaia
July 11, 2018 - 6:10 am
Maurice Hooker Mugshot

Credit: Dallas Police Department

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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - The man who caused a crash that sent two Dallas police officers to the hospital has now been charged with driving while intoxicated.

Maurice Hooker is a professional boxer. Earlier this year, he won a lightweight title.

Around 2:00 a.m. Tuesday, police say an officer saw Hooker speeding down I-35E. The officer started following Hooker, and police say Hooker then rear-ended another officer who was working traffic control in the construction zone at Empire Central.

Dallas Police Crash I-35E
Credit: Alan Scaia, 1080 KRLD

The crash led to a chain reaction, where police say the officer following Hooker hit him, then they hit a third police car and a construction truck.

Two officers went to the hospital, but they are recovering. Hooker was also hospitalized, and police say tests show he was drunk.

A second person in Hooker's car was also hurt.

Hooker has been charged with DWI and illegally carrying a gun. The second charge can be used if the suspect was carrying a gun while drunk.​