Police Officer Patrick Metzler was killed when his patrol car was struck from behind by a drunk driver while providing traffic control at a construction site at North Central Expressway and LBJ Freeway at approximately 1:00am.
The vehicle that struck him had first passed a construction truck with an arrow indicator, and then the vehicle went back into the right-hand lane where it rammed into the back of his patrol car, killed Officer Metzler instantly. The patrol car burst into flames as a result of the collision. Officer Metzler was working an overtime detail at the time.
The drunk driver was convicted of vehicle manslaughter and sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Officer Metzler was a U.S. Air Force veteran. He had served with the Dallas Police Department for eight years and was assigned to the Gang Unit. He is survived by his parents, sister, and a brother who is a police officer in Colorado.