Midland police officer continuing to recover following weekend accident

Midland police officer continuing to recover following weekend accident
Drunk driver crashes into Midland Police patrol vehicle. (Source: Midland Police Department Facebook page)
Officer Ramon (Source: Midland Police Department Facebook page)
Officer Ramon (Source: Midland Police Department Facebook page)
Jose Garcia (Source: Midland County Detention Center)
Jose Garcia (Source: Midland County Detention Center)

MIDLAND, TX (KWES) - A Midland police officer is continuing to recover after his patrol car was hit by a truck over the weekend.

Police say the driver who caused the accident was drunk.

Officer Xavier Ramon is expected to get out of the hospital on Monday after swelling from his injuries went down.

However, we're told his jaw had to be wired shut due to his injuries.

The accident happened at the intersection of Midland Drive and Annetta Drive early Saturday morning.

Authorities said a truck ran a stop sign at the intersection and hit Ramon's patrol car.

According to the report, the impact sent the squad car off the road and into a home.

That's when Ramon's vehicle caught fire.

Thankfully, the Midland Fire Department quickly arrived and the Jaws of Life was used to cut Ramon out of his vehicle.

Ramon's injuries include a broken jaw, a cracked shoulder blade and stitches.

The man, who crashed into Ramon's patrol vehicle, was identified as Jose Garcia, 31.

According to the arrest affidavit, a neighbor, who happens to be a constable, heard the crash and saw Garcia try to run off and held him down until police arrived.

Police said when they got to the scene, they could smell alcohol on Garcia and that his speech was slurred.

We're told that Garcia refused to a blood test and was taken to the hospital, where police later learned that he had been out drinking.

Police said Garcia thought he was being followed, which is why he was driving erratically.

Garcia was treated and released from the hospital and later taken to jail.

Garcia is charged with intoxication assault on a peace officer.

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