SAN MARCOS, TX – A drunken driver hit Officer Claudia Cormier while she was responding to a call Saturday evening along Northbound IH35, according to San Marcos police.
At approximately 9:39 p.m., San Marcos police dispatch received a call about a traffic hazard with items in the roadway on IH35 northbound, just north of the McCarty Overpass near the 202 mile marker. Cormier, a three-year police officer, responded and arrived at 9:45 p.m., according to the San Marcos Police Department.
Shortly thereafter, dispatch began receiving 911 calls that an officer had been struck by a vehicle in the same area. Patrol officers responded and found Cormier with severe, life-threatening injuries after being struck by a 2000 Ford Expedition.
Officer Cormier was taken to an area hospital, where she underwent emergency surgery. She is currently recovering, according to a San Marcos police report.
The driver has been identified as 59-year-old Neil Sheehan. He was arrested and is facing charges of intoxication assault on a public servant, a second-degree felony, and failure to slow, causing serious bodily injury, according to the San Marcos Police Department.
The San Marcos Police Department appreciates all concerns and well-wishes that have been expressed and asks for prayers for Officer Cormier’s recovery and for her family in their time of need.