San Marcos police officer hit by suspected drunk driver

A San Marcos police officer is in stable condition after being hit by a car on I-35 last night.

According to the San Marcos Police Department, Officer Claudia Cormier was struck by a vehicle as she was responding to another incident on I-35. Shortly after she responded, police say their dispatch began receiving 911 calls that an officer had been struck by a vehicle. Patrol officers responded and found Officer Cormier with severe, life-threatening injuries. Officer Cormier was transported to Seton-Hays in Kyle where she underwent emergency surgery and is now listed in stable condition.

At approximately 9:39 p.m., police received a call about a traffic hazard with items in the roadway on the interstate, just north of the McCarty Overpass near the 202 Mile Marker. Cormier, a 3-year police officer, responded to the incident. 

Shortly after, dispatch began receiving 911 calls that an officer had been struck by another vehicle in the same area. Patrol officers responded and found Cormier with severe, life-threatening injuries after being struck by a Ford Expedition driven by Sheehan.

Cormier was taken to Seton-Hays in Kyle where she went into emergency surgery. She was in stable condition following the surgery but was sedated pending further surgeries.

Texas Department of Public Safety troopers responded to assist San Marcos police in the investigation. Troopers arrested the driver of the car, Neil Sheehan of Flower Mound, for intoxication assault on a public servant and failure to slow causing serious bodily injury. The trooper obtained a warrant for his blood and the results are pending.

Sheehan was transported and booked into the Hays County Jail. The collision is being investigated jointly by the San Marcos Police Collision Investigation Team, as well as the Texas DPS State Crash Team. The investigation is on-going.

Photo: San Marcos Police Department

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