Authorities in Texas say a man is behind bars on suspicion of causing the auto crash that left two officers injured with one still fighting for his life.
According to the Houston Chronicle, 23-year-old Cesar Collazo was arrested and jailed with bail set at $250,000. He is expected to face charges including two counts of intoxication assault of a peace officer and two counts of failing to stop and render aid after allegedly causing serious bodily injury.
The police officer driving the cruiser involved in the crash on Sunday sustained serious burns over half of his body, according to Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo. John Daily was placed in an induced coma and underwent emergency surgeries as a result of the serious injuries.
Officer Alonzo Reid was also burned in the crash and is expected to recover from his injuries.
Collazo is accused of causing the crash near his home late Sunday night, striking the police cruiser on its way to a call.
He later reportedly claimed his brother-in-law was driving, but witness accounts indicate he was the only person seen exiting the vehicle.
Officers spotted Collazo walking away from the crash just minutes after the wreck, shortly after midnight on Monday.
The chief of the Harris County District Attorney’s Office vehicular crimes unit said investigators are also looking into a local business to determine if staff sold beer to the suspect when he was already intoxicated prior to the collision.
“Right now, we’re just monitoring Officer Daily and pray that this charge doesn’t get upgraded,” Sean Teare said, implying the suspect could face a intoxication manslaughter charge if the officer dies.
Collazo, a Mexican citizen, is reportedly in the U.S. on a work visa that expires at the end of this month.
He could spend two decades behind bars if convicted of the charges against him.
[Featured images: Houston Police Department]