The Moore County Sheriff’s Office says on Wednesday, June 9th, 2021, a deputy was traveling eastbound on the overpass located in the 300 block of West 1st in Dumas when the deputy’s vehicle was struck causing a crash.

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As the deputy was traveling, a 2013 Volkswagen Beetle was unsafely merging into the lane of travel, failed to yield to oncoming traffic, and struck the deputy’s vehicle causing the crash.

A 2013 Volkswagen Beetle merged into oncoming traffic and struck a Moore County Sheriff’s vehicle in the 300 block of west 1st street on Wednesday June 9th, 2021. – Source: OSM – MCSO

The driver of the Volkswagen Beetle was later identified by law enforcement as Melissa Maddox.

A Sheriff’s Office statement says the deputy who was struck, exited his vehicle and hurried to the driver’s side door, and began to access the incident. The deputy found 4 individuals in the vehicle. The driver, Melissa Maddox, a front-seat passenger and two children in the back seat.

It is customary for law enforcement agencies to contact an outside agency to investigate a crash when an officer is involved in the crash. The Dumas Police Department was contacted by the Sheriff’s Office and the Dumas Police Department investigated the crash.

Melissa Maddox was arrested by the Dumas Police and taken to the Moore County Jail, where she was charged with Driving while intoxicated with child passengers under 15 years of age, a State Jail Felony.

The Sheriff’s Office said in a statement, “We would like to take this time to remind the public of the dangers of driving after drinking alcohol. This rings true even more when there are children involved. When individuals choose to drink and drive, it endangers the lives of all the general public. However, when individuals choose to place their children in the vehicle with them after they’ve been drinking, they have escalated the situation and made it much worse. We urge that if you’ve been drinking, find a ride. Thankfully in this situation nobody was hurt.”