Member of Tarrant sheriff's courtesy patrol faces charges in woman's death

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FORT WORTH -- A civilian member of the Tarrant County Sheriff's Department's courtesy patrol is facing a charge of intoxication manslaughter in the death of a driver in a wreck Saturday near Interstate 35W in north Fort Worth.

Alan Michael McKinney, 29, of Fort Worth was driving a pickup that police said slammed into the driver's side of a car as it pulled out of a parking lot near movie theaters in the 5900 block of Sandshell Drive about 6:15 p.m. Saturday.

The car's 23-year-old driver was pronounced dead at the scene, and her 21-year-old male passenger was flown to a hospital, police said in a news release. He was in critical condition, officers reported.

The car driver was identified Sunday as Amy Anders of Roanoke, the Tarrant County medical examiner's office reported.

The condition of her passenger could not be learned.

McKinney was taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries and was later booked into the Mansfield Jail with bail set at $12,000. He was released from jail Sunday afternoon.

McKinney was suspended from the courtesy patrol, sheriff's spokesman Terry Grisham said.

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

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 and are not certified peace officers.

Courtesy patrol teams travel with tools to help motorists who have minor trouble, such as flat tires or stalled engines, according to the Texas Transportation Department's website. They help move disabled vehicles from the main lanes of highways and help get them started again or off the road. The teams follow scheduled routes during peak traffic. They are also notified of problems by dispatchers.

Each month, teams in Dallas-Fort Worth log more than 40,000 miles of travel, according to the Transportation Department.

The wreck occurred a few blocks from McKinney's residence, according to public records.

His arrest is the latest involving suspected drunken driving connected to law enforcement agencies. In recent weeks, a high-ranking Fort Worth police official and a Fort Worth DWI enforcement officer have been arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

Staff writer Susan McFarland contributed to this report, which includes material from the Star-Telegram archives.

Domingo Ramirez Jr.,

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