EDWARDS COUNTY, Texas — An Edwards County Sheriff's Office deputy was injured after his patrol vehicle was struck by a pickup truck during a traffic stop on Wednesday evening, according to Edwards County Sheriff Pamela Elliott.
The crash occurred prior to 7 p.m. on State Highway 377 near Ranch Road 674 — just west of Rocksprings, Texas, which is located approximately 130 miles northwest of San Antonio.
According to Elliott, Deputy Adrian Ruiz was out of his patrol vehicle during a traffic stop when the pickup truck struck the back of Ruiz's vehicle.
The impact of the crash caused Ruiz's patrol vehicle to also hit the vehicle that was involved in the traffic stop.
Edwards says Ruiz and a passenger in the pickup truck were airlifted to an area hospital. The driver of the vehicle involved in the traffic stop did not sustain any serious injuries.
In an update Thursday morning, Elliot told The Canyon Broadcaster that Ruiz suffered a fractured femur, a broken elbow that will possibly require surgery, and he is awaiting further evaluation by trauma doctors to determine the extent of injuries to his neck, head, and back.
According to The Canyon Broadcaster, the driver who struck Ruiz's patrol vehicle was identified as Carlos Antonio Alanis of Rio Grande City, Texas. His driver license had been confiscated on September 1, 2019, after refusing to provide specimens in regard to an investigation for driving under the influence.
A GoFundMe account, here, has been created to assist Ruiz, his wife, and their six children with medical expenses during his recovery.