Tarrant sheriff's employee faces intoxication manslaughter charges in woman's death

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A member of Tarrant County's Courtesy Patrol was in jail Sunday, accused of intoxication manslaughter in the death of a woman in a wreck off Interstate 35 in north Fort Worth.

Alan Michael McKinney, 29, was the driver of a pickup truck that slammed into the driver's side of a car pulling out of a parking lot near a movie house in the 5900 block of Sandshell Drive about 6:15 p.m. Saturday.

McKinney was taken to a local hospital for minor injuries and later booked into the Mansfield Jail.

The 23-year-old female driver of the car was killed on impact and her 21-year-old male passenger was taken by helicopter ambulance in critical condition to a local hospital, police said in a news release.

Authorities had not released her name as of Sunday afternoon.

McKinney was suspended from his position last night, said Terry Grisham of the Tarrant County Sheriff's Office.

"He will remain suspended until the completion of our internal investigation and the criminal one," Grisham said Sunday.

The Courtesy Patrol program, which falls under the sheriff's department patrol division, is funded by state grants. Members are civilian employees who don't carry guns or are certified as peace officers.

Courtesy Patrol teams are equipped with the necessary tools to assist in minor incidents such as flat tires, stalled vehicles and minor accidents, according to a Texas Department of Transportation website. Their objective is to help move disabled vehicles from the main lanes of highways and get them operating or off the road. The teams follow scheduled routes during peak traffic periods. The teams are also alerted to accidents by emergency response dispatchers.

Each month, teams log in excess of 40,000 miles of travel, according to TxDOT.

Staff writer Susan McFarland contributed to this report.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763

Twitter: @mingoramirezjr

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