Sugar Land PD says a drunk driver caused an accident that put the officer in intensive care

SUGAR LAND, Texas (KTRK) – A Sugar Land police officer who was injured in a weekend crash involving a suspected drunk driver remains in the hospital but his wife says he is still doing better.

Phuong Munoz spoke to ABC13 about her husband’s recovery. Officer Ruben Munoz was seriously injured in a crash on US59 on Sunday March 20th.

“He’s doing very well. He can talk and joke and be very lively, talk and be with friends,” Phuong said. “It’s a miracle.”

The aftermath of the crash, which occurred around 2 a.m., was horrific. Daylight revealed Munoz’s crushed patrol vehicle. He was inside when it crashed.

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“When the police knocked at 3 a.m., my heart sank,” she said. “No words, basically just fear.”

Phuong and the couple’s two young children were sleeping at home while Officer Munoz patrolled the streets of Sugar Land. He recently quit his job as a police officer in New Jersey to be closer to family. Officer Munoz had been on duty for just six months when the crash happened.

According to Sugar Land police, Julian Requena, 25, was intoxicated when he crashed into the officer’s vehicle. Officer Munoz blocked traffic for a separate traffic scene. He suffered life-threatening injuries to his spine and underwent two surgeries. Requena was charged with double assault.

“I’m very thankful and thankful that I rallied around Ruben for this,” Phuong said of the community’s support.

She adds that her husband longs to play with their two children. She asks for prayers for his long recovery, but believes many have already been answered.

“It’s a miracle and you know it was guarded. So I don’t know what to say. It’s just a miracle,” she said.

Family friends set up GoFundMe to help the family with expenses.

The Sugar Land Police Department has provided these ways to help:

– Anyone wishing to send cards, flowers or congratulations please forward them to the Police Department Administration by contacting Linda Myers at or

– All cash donations and meal coordination will be handled by the Sugar Land Police Officer’s Association (SLPOA). To work with SLPOA, please contact

– The Sugar Land Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association (CPAAA) will also organize ways to support our officers in the department. If you would like to contribute your time or money to the CPAAA, please email Lt. John Volek at

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