HOUSTON –- The 23-year-old man charged with intoxication manslaughter in the death of a Harris County Sheriff’s deputy appeared in probable cause court overnight.
Andres Munos-Munos caused a fatal two-vehicle crash early Sunday morning, Houston police said.
In court early Monday, it was learned the suspect was in the country illegally.
According to the Houston Police Department, it was around 3:10 a.m. when Sgt. Dwayne Polk, who was wearing his deputy’s uniform, was driving his personal vehicle westbound on Little York.
As Polk crossed the intersection with North Shepherd, his Chevrolet pickup truck was struck on the driver’s side by a white GMC truck, police said.
Munos-Munos, the driver of the GMC, was traveling at a high rate of speed and ran a red light when he hit the deputy’s Silverado, police said. There were no skid marks to indicate Munos-Munos even attempted to stop.
Polk was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
Munos-Munos was suspected of being drunk and taken to Ben Taub Hospital where a mandatory blood draw was done, police said.
Records show this is not the first time Munos-Munos has been charged with driving under the influence, police said. He was arrested on June 10, 2012 for driving while intoxicated. He also was charged with unlawful carrying of a weapon.
Officials said that Polk was a 16-year veteran with the sheriff’s office. Later in the day Sunday, family and friends left small mementos at the Houston intersection where the deputy was killed.