01/18/2012

Driver 'giggly' after wreck that killed Texas officer

Sandra Briggs, 59, appeared 'happy-go-lucky' as an injured officer's body was peeled from a guard rail, according to testimony

By PoliceOne Staff

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Two officers in court Tuesday said a DUI suspect was "giggly" at the scene of a crash that killed a San Antonio police officer.

Sgt. Kevin Luzius told the jury that a 59-year-old, "happy-go-lucky" Sandra Briggs, was "right there" as officers pulled injured officer Sergio Antillon off the guard rail immediately following a October 2010 crash, according to My San Antonio. Briggs reportedly "made jokes about gaining weight, chewed gum, mentioned that her great-grandfather had been in law enforcement and, several times, laughed."

Antillon, 25, was stopped to help another officer assisting a driver on the shoulder of the highway when Briggs' vehicle struck a pickup that slammed into Antillon — so hard his body appeared to dent a guard rail, according to testimony. He was removed from life support weeks after the crash.

Officer David Luther also testified and dash cam from his patrol car was shown in court, KSAT reported. In the video, Briggs tells Luther she wasn't drinking that night, struggling to walk a line and complaining about a medical condition.

Briggs pleaded no contest Friday to charges of manslaughter on a public servant. A blood test determined her blood alcohol level was .14.

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