Dallas County, TX – Dallas Police Department (DPD) Officer Jacob Arellano died on Oct. 12 due to injuries he suffered during a collision with an intoxicated wrong-way driver one night earlier, according to his department.
The 25-year-old off-duty officer was traveling northbound on Spur 408 near Kiest Boulevard on his way to work at approximately 11:48 p.m. on Oct. 11 when a wrong-way driver slammed into his SUV “head on,” the DPD said in a press release.
Officer Arellano’s vehicle was in the center of three lanes of traffic when the crash occurred.
The impact pushed his SUV into a parallel lane, where he was hit by a tractor-trailer, the DPD said.
Officer Arellano’s vehicle flipped multiple times before coming to rest on the right shoulder of the roadway.
He was rushed to a local hospital in serious condition, and succumbed to his injuries the following day.
The driver of the wrong-way vehicle has been identified as 31-year-old Mayra Rebollar, the DPD said.
Rebollar has been charged with intoxication manslaughter in connection with the fatal collision.
According to court documents, the suspect’s blood-alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit shortly after the collision, WFAA reported.
Officer Arellano joined the DPD in June of 2019 and was assigned to the Northwest Patrol Division, according to his department.
His twin brother is also a fellow DPD officer.
Officer Arellano leaves behind his fiancé and his infant child, as well as his parents.
“It is with a heavy heart that I share that, after a brave fight, @DallasPD Officer Jacob Arellano, died this morning as a result of his injuries sustained in the head on collision,” Dallas Police Chief Eddie Garcia tweeted on Oct. 12. “Please keep Jacob, his son, his girlfriend, and his family in your prayers. Rest easy brother…”
Officer Arellano was laid to rest on Oct. 21, WFAA reported.
I dropped off a print of the skyline tribute I captured last week, today at the station. I felt the family might want this. pic.twitter.com/7U1fwiOL1n
— Joseph Haubert (@josephhaubert) October 19, 2022
Rest easy Jacob, prayers to the Arellano family. 🙏 pic.twitter.com/RHSKVYRL4q
— Coach T. Martinez (@LaJeffFB) October 21, 2022
@DallasPD and CLEAT representatives heading to El Paso this morning to pay respects to fallen DPD Officer Jacob Arellano. Funeral mass will be at Saints Peter and Paul Church in Socorro at 11am. pic.twitter.com/OQaGxgiquC
— CLEAT (@CLEAT) October 21, 2022
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of Dallas Police Department Officer Jacob Arellano, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.