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Fort Worth traffic captain arrested after off-duty wreck

Fort Worth police Capt. Daniel Humphries
Fort Worth police Capt. Daniel Humphries City of Fort Worth website

A captain in the Fort Worth police traffic division was arrested early Wednesday by Hurst police after an off-duty wreck in which he was accused of being intoxicated.

Capt. Daniel R. Humphries, who has been with the Fort Worth Police Department since 1992, faces a felony charge of intoxication assault with a vehicle/serious bodily injury, jail records indicate.

He was arraigned Thursday by a Hurst municipal judge. Bail was set at $15,000.

Humphries was released form jail at 11:44 a.m. Thursday after posting bail, police said.

Humphries has been placed on restricted duty and an internal affairs investigation has begun, Fort Worth police officials said.

“The Fort Worth Police Department believes that citizens should expect our officers to adhere to the law and set an example for others to follow,” the department said in a statement posted on Twitter Wednesday morning. “When we fail, however, we also believe that our officers, as with any citizen accused of violating the law, deserve and should receive due process before judgments are made.”

Hurst police were dispatched about 2:02 a.m. to the wreck in the toll lanes of the 400 block of Texas 121 eastbound.

According to a Hurst police news release, Humphries, 45, was driving his city-owned black Chevy Tahoe when the crash occurred.

Preliminary information indicates that the Tahoe was entering the roadway from the shoulder when it collided with a sedan. The driver of the sedan was trapped inside his vehicle and had to be extricated by Hurst firefighters, Hurst police say.

The sedan driver, 52-year-old Mark Holley of Fort Worth, was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital with injuries police have said are not life-threatening. He remained hospitalized Thursday, Hurst police say.

Humphries was arrested on the scene on suspicion of intoxication assault and taken to the Euless Jail because the Hurst Jail is under renovations.

Last week, Humphries gave a presentation to Fort Worth City Council members about a rise in traffic accidents in Fort Worth this year.

Humphries’ arrest is at least the second intoxication-related arrest of a Fort Worth officer under Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald, who took office in October.

Officer Stephen Toothman was arrested in November, accused of driving his motorcycle while intoxicated near the Stockyards while off-duty. He was charged with driving while intoxicated with a blood alcohol level of 0.15 or more, a Class A misdemeanor.

Toothman resigned from the department in April.

Toothman was sentenced to 15 months of probation this month in the case, according to Tarrant County court records.

Staff writers Ryan Osborne and Domingo Ramirez contributed to this report.

Deanna Boyd: 817-390-7655, @deannaboyd