HPD officer accused of DWI with child in vehicle, police say

Cassandra Cosby, 36.

HOUSTON — A Houston police officer appeared in court Tuesday after being accused of driving while intoxicated with a child passenger in the vehicle.

Cassandra Crosby, 36, was arrested Sunday and booked into a Harris County Jail. The officer reportedly struck another driver at the intersection of Fondren and Main streets around 8 p.m. after failing to stop at a flashing red light.

According to police, Crosby’s 13-year-old daughter was in the car at the time. Responding police reported the mother smelled of alcohol and failed a field sobriety test.

The suspect has since been temporarily relieved of police duty but remains an employee at the Houston Police Department. She was assigned to the juvenile division, but the suspect is no longer allowed to work with children under the age of 18.

In court, a judge ruled the suspect’s daughter be placed with another family member. Crosby is also only allowed to have phone contact with the child.

Crosby has been an officer on the force for the last 10 years.