An officer with the Dallas Police Department was arrested last night for drunk driving after she allegedly got into a wreck on the Central Expressway service road and drove away without leaving insurance information.
DPD announced a few minutes ago on their Facebook page that Officer Erica Montanez , a two-year-veteran assigned to the Southeast Patrol Division, is on administrative leave pending the outcome of criminal and internal affairs investigations into the crash.
According to the police report, Montanez was off duty and headed south on the Central Expressway service road when she stopped her 2003 Honda Accord coupe for a red light at Mockingbird. She was in the left-turn-only lane but went straight when the light turned green, crashing into a car turning left from the adjacent lane, causing no injuries but about $1,500 in damage.
The other driver watched in his rearview mirror as Montanez drove off and merged onto the highway. He followed her to Knox-Henderson, where she exited. When he pulled alongside her at a red light, she pulled across four lanes of traffic. He pulled alongside her again in the parking lot of a Shell station, at which point Montanez presented him with proof of insurance.
When the driver noticed that the insurance card contained only a man's name and that Montanez was a woman, he called police, who arrested her.