Man Who Killed Dallas Police Corporal Gets Released Less Than 24 Hours Later

The man accused of killing a Dallas police corporal was back on the streets within 24 hours.

Dallas, TX – The driver accused of drunkenly slamming his vehicle into a Dallas police officer who was blocking traffic has been released on bond after serving less than a day in jail.

The fatal incident occurred at approximately 5:30 a.m. on Saturday, while 55-year-old Dallas Police Senior Corporal Earl “Jamie” Givens, and other members of the Dallas Motorcycle Unit were escorting the body of Dallas Senior Corporal Tyrone Andrews from a Dallas funeral home to another location in East Texas, Dallas Police Chief U Renee Hall said during a Saturday press conference.

“During the escort, Senior Corporal Earl 'Jamie' Givens positioned himself to block oncoming traffic to the eastbound entrance ramp of Interstate 20 at Bonnie View Road,” Chief Hall explained. “Senior Corporal Givens was stationary, and his motorcycle had the emergency lights emulating.”

Chief Hall said that a driver, later identified as 25-year-old Adrian Breedlove, crashed his Kia Sportage into the corporal “at a high rate of speed.” Cpl. Givens, a 32-year veteran of the force, was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

After hitting Cpl. Givens, the Breedlove smashed the Kia into a concrete divider.

He subsequently showed impairment field sobriety tests, The Dallas Morning News reported.

According to KDFW, a source said the suspect’s blood-alcohol content was .19 at the time of his arrest.

Breedlove was charged with intoxication manslaughter casing the death of a peace officer, and unlawfully carrying a weapon, The Dallas Morning News reported.

He was released on $76,000 bond just after 2 a.m. on Sunday – less than 24 hours after the fatal collision.

On Monday, Dallas Police Association President Mike Mata issued a statement calling Breedlove’s release “reprehensible,” KXAS reported.

“It is reprehensible that Adrian Breedlove, the man arrested and charged with the intoxication manslaughter of a Dallas police officer, was given a $76,000 bail allowing him to spend less than one day in jail,” Mata said. “This was a violent death caused by a man whose blood alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit at 6AM. The officer he is charged with killing was a 55-year old father of two who was only months away from retirement."

"We demand to know if District Attorney Faith Johnson asked a district court judge to require a more substantial bond for such a heinous crime,” he added. “If she made no such effort then perhaps it’s time to find a District Attorney who takes more seriously the killing of police officers.”

Comments (16)
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gfc1963
gfc1963

What a joke! He should have been in jail until his court date.

Buzz17
Buzz17

That DA & judge should be out there blocking traffic during this hero's funeral. Actual experience just MIGHT open their blind eyes to what they're doing!

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

"According to KDFW, a source said the suspect’s blood-alcohol content was .19 at the time of his arrest." What source? An anonymous source? This is not the type of story that should be relying on anonymous sources. Reserving judgement on the drunk driving until someone is willing to speak to this issue on the record.

Msmom88
Msmom88

The DA can request appropriate bond, or no bond if defendant is deemed a flight risk. Judge “determines” if DA request is within statutory requirements.

RetiredLawMan
RetiredLawMan

This is a horrible tragedy but the purpose of bail is to ensure someone shows up in court. There is no indication in the article that this guy is a flight risk. The punishment phase comes after the conviction and I hope he gets sentenced appropriately, but let's not treat this like a capital murder.

KDOC
KDOC

We had a veteran sitting on his motorcycle waiting at a stop light ( in Kansas) and was rear ended by an individual in his 20's killing him. He was charged with his 3rd DUI. Our courts gave him 3 mos. in prison. 3 years probation and 3 years parole. Now with this officer getting killed (in Texas) while on a funeral run just opens it up to others that it is Ok to drink and drive and if you run into anyone escorting a funeral they can get away with it. We had an off duty officer ( KS) and his son killed when a drunk driver turned in front of them. They charged him with Manslaughter and he is still in jail. So where is the justice in this country? Why can't the laws be effectively executed as they are written and not how the DA and others interpret them. The man who killed this officer should of never been afforded bail. I am a rider and stuff like this concerns me.....why.....because the justice system is flawed...all laws should be afforded to everyone as WRITTEN. I see this a double standard and it has to stop. My prayers goes out to this officers family and I hope they re- arrest this man and charge him accordingly.