WAXAHACHIE – Waxahachie man Dylyn Reed Richards, 24, has been indicted for intoxication manslaughter in the July death of a city police officer.
Officer Josh Williams was killed on July 28. While responding to a disturbance at a fast food restaurant in the 600 block of Highway 77 at 1:30 a.m., a Chevrolet Suburban flew into the passenger side of his patrol car, mangling the vehicle.
Williams, 44, died at Baylor Medical Center in Waxahachie.
Richards was arrested after recovering at Parkland Memorial Hospital, where CareFlite took him after the wreck. Investigators later learned he was driving without his lights on and his blood alcohol content was more than double the state’s .8 legal limit.
Richards was indicted by a grand jury on Oct. 3, said Ellis County District Attorney spokeswoman Ann Montgomery-Moran. The charge was upgraded to a first degree felony because a peace officer died in the incident.
Richards has a long history of alcohol-related charges. He was arrested for misdemeanor DWI in April 2009, months before he turned 21. He also violated the terms of his two-year probation when authorities found him drunk along the side of a road near Maypearl in June 2011.
He served 45 days in Ellis County in March 2012. Eleven weeks later, investigators say he got behind the wheel of his SUV while intoxicated and drove into Williams’s patrol car.
Williams was a 17-year veteran of the department.