HPD officer arrested for intoxicated manslaughter


James Combs

James Combs

The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fatal head-on collision that occurred Friday morning near FM 1464 near Richmond.

At 6:26 a.m. on Aug. 12, sheriff’s deputies were called to the scene of a crash at the intersection of Beechnut and Westmoor. Deputies found one man fatally injured as a result of the collision. The incident involved an off-duty Houston Police Department officer, who was driving a Chevrolet Tahoe.

The victim was Brian Manring, 36, of the Richmond area, who was driving a Corvette.

James Combs, 33, an off-duty Houston Police Officer who lives in the Richmond area, was arrested Tuesday afternoon and is facing a charge of intoxicated manslaughter. He has a $100,000 bond and is being held in the Fort Bend County Jail.

Early Friday morning, Combs was driving his Chevrolet Tahoe and veered into the oncoming lane at the intersection of Beechnut and Westmoor and struck a Corvette being driven by Brian Manring, 36, also of the Richmond area. Manring died as a result of injuries sustained in the accident.

Responding Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office deputies detected the presence of alcohol on the off-duty officer’s breath and requested he complete a field sobriety test. He refused to attempt the sobriety tests so a warrant was obtained and Combs was transported to Memorial-Hermann – Katy Hospital for a blood draw.

The sheriff’s office received the blood test results Tuesday, which showed Combs had a blood alcohol content of .17 when the test was applied at the hospital.

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