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Brandon Portillo after crash: "My life is over"

Posted at 5:02 PM, Feb 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-12 19:56:57-05

For a minute on Jan. 31, Brandon Portillo understood the gravity of the situation in which he found himself.

"My life is over," Brandon Portillo reportedly said after a Corpus Christi Police Department senior officer told him he had killed an officer that Friday night.

And then, said Senior Ofc. Samantha Baldwin in a probable cause statement issued Tuesday, he closed his eyes and went back to sleep.

"At no point during my 3 (sic) hours with Brandon did he ask about the Officers (sic) he hit," she said in the statement.

Portillo is accused of killing Ofc. Alan McCollum and injuring Ofc. Michael Love as they conducted a traffic stop with third officer on the Carroll Lane overpass of State Hwy. 358 almost two weeks ago. He is the Nueces Co. Jail charged with intoxication manslaughter, intoxication assault and driving with a suspended license.

He is being held on a $1.5 million bond.

In the statement, Baldwin said she and others responded to a call for backup in which a vehicle and two officers were down. When she got to the scene, the report reads that she saw a crash involving three marked police vehicles and two civilian vehicles.

She was told McCollum had fallen over the guard rail, and Love was struggling to stand because of an injured leg.

Portillo was detained immediately after the accident, according to the report, because he reportedly showed signs of intoxication after getting out of his black Chevrolet Silverado.

Baldwin said Portillo walked away from his truck, and was put into the back of a police car.

The report also states he was the only person found in the Silverado, and he got out of the truck from the driver. He was handcuffed, and Baldwin said he smelled strongly of alcohol as he answered her questions; and that his eyes were red and glossy.

Baldwin said Portillo acknowledged understanding his Miranda rights, but declined to answer any of her questions. He also declined to give officers a blood sample at the scene.

She said he attempted to fall asleep as she began field sobriety tests, and had to wake him up in order for him to finish one test. She said she determined he did not normal use of his mental and or physical faculties and was arrested for suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

"Brandon did not seem concerned or aware of what had just happened," the statement reads.

Brandon never asked any questions or asked if the officers or civilians were OK.

After arriving at Doctor's Regional Hospital, where the statement said he was sleeping and snoring loudly, it was determined that he would need to be taken to Bay Area Hospital so its trauma team could treat a spinal bleed.

A blood sample was requested and issued while Portillo was undergoing a CT scan at Doctor's Regional.

As he was being transferred to Bay Area Hospital, Baldwin said Portillo asked why he was handcuffed and why he couldn't contact his family.

"At this point I informed Brandon that he had killed a Police Officer (sic) and he went back to sleep," the statement reads.