Suspect in officer's death jailed for third time

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by CASEY NORTON

WFAA

Posted on July 30, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 30 at 6:28 PM

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WAXAHACHIE — Dylyn Richards is in the Ellis County Jail for the third time.

Investigators tell News 8 his blood alcohol level was more than double the legal limit when his Chevrolet Suburban smashed into a Waxahachie patrol car Saturday morning, killing officer Josh Williams.

The arrest warrant says officers could smell alcohol when they opened the door to Richards' ambulance.

Court documents reveal the 24-year-old has a history of alcohol problems. Richards' criminal file says he was arrested for misdemeanor DWI in April 2009 — before he turned 21.

He then violated terms of his two-year probation.

In June 2011, he was found drunk along the side of a road near Maypearl.

In March 2012, he was ordered to serve 45 days in Ellis County. He was released on May 9 — 11 weeks before Saturday's collision on Highway 77 in Waxahachie.

The suspect's father, Stephen Richards, told News 8 his son has thrown away his life. And like Officer Williams, Richards has three children.

"We are sorry for the loss of Officer Williams and the pain this has caused his family and fellow officers," the elder Richards said. "This is a tragic situation for everyone involved."

Waxahachie police are working through their emotions, struggling to fill the emptiness of losing a colleague and friend.

"This is not supposed to happen here," said Griselda Camacho. "Not here. It's just not."

E-mail cnorton@wfaa.com

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