Driver in officer-involved wreck charged

March 17, 2011 6:54:23 PM PDT
A charge has been filed against the woman who slammed into a DPS deputy's patrol car while he was conducting a traffic stop on Saturday.

Kimberly Woods Shipper, a nurse at Hunstville Memorial Hospital, was arrested at work Thursday evening on a charge of intoxicated assault on a peace officer and unlawful carry of a weapon by a license holder, according to a statement from the Department of Public Safety.

Investigators allege Shipper, 35, had a blood alcohol concentration level of .11 the night she crashed into Trooper Justin Duck's patrol car on Highway 290 near Kickapoo Road. She told authorities that he was on her way home from the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

Duck was parked along the shoulder of highway to issue a traffic citation to another driver. He had just gotten back into car when Shipper crashed into the back of the officer's car. The impact of the crash was so intense that Duck's car spun and Shipper's truck flipped over.

Trooper Duck was transported via life-flight to Memorial Hermann for head injuries he suffered from the crash, and Shipper was taken by ambulance to Cypress North Houston Hospital, where he was treated and released.

Shipper was being transported by Sergeant Phillips to the Harris County Downtown Jail in Houston, Texas and will be held there on a $31,000 bond.