Dylyn Reed Richards, 24, a Venus, Texas, resident, has been charged with intoxication manslaughter causing the death of a peace officer, which is a first-degree felony.

Richards was the driver in the two-car collision that left Waxahachie Police Officer Josh Williams dead in the early morning hours of July 28. The Texas Department of Public Safety is investigating the accident, and in the probable cause arrest affidavit DPS Trooper Otis White outlined what he found when he arrived on the scene in the 600 block of U.S. Highway North at around 12:22 a.m.

White said he observed a light colored Chevrolet Suburban facing east, and a Waxahachie patrol car facing south to southwest in the road in front of Whataburger by H-E-B Grocery. White said the SUV had damage to the front, and the patrol car had extreme damage to the passenger side of the vehicle. He then determined that the driver of the patrol car was Josh William, 44, and he was being transported to Baylor Medical Center at Waxahachie.

The driver of the second car was determined to be Richards, and when White opened the ambulance to confirm this, he noticed the smell of an alcoholic beverage. Richards was taken by air ambulance to Parkland Hosptial in Dallas.

In a press conference on Saturday afternoon, Waxahachie Police Chief Chuck Edge revealed that Richards did have alcohol in his system, and it was over the .08 legal alcohol level.

Richards’ bond has been set at $250,000, and he remains is the Wayne McCollum Detention Center at this time.

White added in relation to the investigation of this collision, the DPS would be very thorough.

“This is Richards second DWI in Ellis County, and he just got off of probation for the first one a few months ago,” White said. “This investigation will be meticulous and very detailed.”

Ellis County and District Attorney Patrick Wilson issued the following statement Monday afternoon:

“The death of a police officer in the line of duty is a tragedy for any community, and the Ellis County community is no exception. However, because this a continuing criminal investigation, the Texas Rules of Professional Conduct limit what can be said relating to this matter. All available resources are being dedicated to this investigation and the matter will be presented to the Ellis County Grand Jury as soon as is practical,”  said Wilson.

 

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