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Texas: Dallas motorcycle officer killed by suspected drunk driver during funeral escort

Sunday, July 22, 2018
A veteran Dallas police motorcycle officer was fatally struck by a suspected drunk driver early Saturday while working a funeral escort along Interstate 20, police Chief Renee Hall said at a news conference.

Senior Corporal Earl Jamie Givens, a 32-year veteran of the Police Department, was taken to Baylor Hospital in Dallas, where he was pronounced dead.

The crash happened about 5:40 a.m. near eastbound I-20 and Bonnie View Drive. Police were escorting the body of a fellow officer, Sr. Cpl. Tyrone Andrews, from Laurel Land Funeral Home to East Texas.

Givens was blocking the Bonnie View entrance ramp of eastbound I-20 for the escort when he was stuck by a Kia Sportage SUV "at a high rate of speed," Hall said. Givens, who had been in the motorcycle unit since 2012, had been stationary on his motorcycle with his emergency lights on.

A source told WFAA that the suspect blew a .19 on a blood-alcohol breathalyzer test, more than twice the legal limit of .08. Breedlove remained in jail Saturday and was charged with Intoxicated Manslaughter and Unlawful Carrying of a Weapon.

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