SAPD officers suspended after crashing into car, driving away without checking on occupants

Car crashed racked up more than $2,700 in damages

SAN ANTONIO – Two San Antonio police officers were handed lengthy suspensions in April after crashing into a car and continuing without stopping to check on the occupants, according to suspension records obtained by KSAT 12 News.

Officer Anthony S. Brown was suspended for 40 days, the disciplinary documents show. His partner, Officer Jason Owen was suspended for 15 days.

On Nov. 2, 2021, Brown and Owen were on their way to an assigned call when Brown crashed into another vehicle on the exit ramp of US Highway 90 West onto S. General McMullen. Investigators said the officers’ car was traveling 71 mph, according to the suspension document.

The officers violated policy when they continued driving to the call, rather than stopping and checking on the occupants involved in the crash, the investigation found. The police cruiser sustained damages costing more than $2,700.

After reviewing his driving history, officers also found that Brown drove on the left shoulder of the highway at speeds up to 101 mph while responding as back-up on a traffic stop. He also activated emergency lights and siren, which was not consistent with the call he was responding to.

Both officers were cited for failing to unmute their body cameras during the call they responded to. Owen was additionally cited for failing to report Brown’s policy violations to a supervisor.

Brown began his suspension on April 28, and it will run through June 6. Owen was suspended from April 30 through May 14, records show.

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Fares Sabawi has been a journalist in San Antonio for four years. He has covered several topics, but specializes in crime, courts, open records and data visualization.