Amarillo Police: Officer Saves Drunk Driver From Himself and Others


The Amarillo Police Department likes to honor officers every Friday on Social Media with Feather in your Cap Friday.

This week’s showcase is especially good. 

Amarillo Police are recognizing Officer Patricia Moreno after she pulled over a drunk driver in early January and saved the driver’s lives and possibly others.

The department wrote:

On January 5th of this year, Officer Moreno made an arrest for DWI. Getting drunk/intoxicated/impaired drivers off the road is a big part of the police officer’s job and part of our performance measures for the Amarillo PD. Officer Moreno was just doing her job that night, but little did she know it was so much more.

The subject she arrested that night, came in to the PD recently and reported that by stopping him and arresting him that night, Officer Moreno saved his life and potentially the lives of others on the road. The subject had planned to go home and overdose on his medications. He had just received very dismal news from his doctor’s and felt he had no other choice.

This situation could have so easily gone another way. Due to his impaired state, he could’ve caused an accident where someone was injured or worse. He also might have ended his life that night. But because Officer Moreno was “doing her job”, this gentleman is now seeking the help he needs to turn his life around. This subject felt this was so important that he came to the PD to make sure Officer Moreno knew what she did for him also.

We know this is a little different that our usual Feather in your Cap Friday, but these kinds of stories also need to be told. Not only did Officer Moreno “do her job” by making this DWI arrest, but she also saved someone from making a decision they could never come back from. And who knows what other serious consequences were prevented.

Thank you Officer Moreno, for a job WELL DONE!!!

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