HOUSTON – New information about the DPS Trooper critically injured in a suspected drunk driving accident on Labor Day was released on Wednesday.
The woman arrested in this case faced a judge Wednesday morning.
Prosecutors say Tuwanna Moore was going more than 100 miles per hour when she slammed into Trooper Chad Blackburn’s patrol car early Monday morning.
He is still in the ICU right now fighting for his life.
Moore is out on a $100,000 bond charged with intoxication assault and could face up to 20 years in prison.
Prosecutors say she was drunk when she slammed into him on the Gulf Freeway, almost four times more the legal limit.
In court, her injuries, mainly cuts and bruises, were still visible.
However, nothing compared to Trooper Blackburn’s injuries – he has several broken bones, uncontrolled bleeding, a collapsed lung and had his spleen removed.
The judge heard from both the prosecutor and defense in the case.
“My client does not have a criminal history. She's an educated woman that works for NASA so this is very traumatic for her as well,” Tony Wadhawan, defense attorney, said. “Of course she understands that it's quite a bit more dramatic for the Blackburn family.”
However, the prosecutor is seeking justice for the injured Trooper.
“One decision can be nearly fatal if nothing at all. You have to think before you act,” Alison Baimbridg, prosecutor, said. “It's something you learn when you are a little kid. You have to make the decisions and you got to make them before you start making the bad ones.”
Leaving the courtroom, Moore didn’t have a comment and covered her face with a blanket.
Moore's is not allowed to drink any alcohol and she cannot drive while out on bond.
Prosecutors say she hit the Trooper’s vehicle so hard that her car battery was found hundreds of feet down the highway.