Off-duty HPD officer charged with intoxication manslaughter

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HOUSTON -- A Houston police officer has been charged in a crash that killed a 36-year-old father Friday morning.

James Combs, 33, has been charged with intoxication manslaughter.

According to deputies, Brian Manring was driving a Corvette through the intersection of Beechnut and Westmoor when a Chevy Tahoe, driven by Combs, veered into his lane.

The Tahoe struck the Corvette, killing Manring.

Deputies responding to the scene detected the presence of alcohol and requested that Combs complete a field sobriety test but the officer, who was off-duty, refused.

A search warrant was obtained and Combs was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital for a blood draw.

Investigators said Combs' blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit.

Combs was booked into the Fort Bend County Jail and his bond was set at $100,000.  He has also been relieved of duty.