PEARLAND, Texas – A Texas woman who works as a stripper was convicted of intoxication manslaughter after a crash that killed a Pearland police officer. She was sentenced to 32 years in prison on Thursday.
Former Assistant Principal Turned Stripper
Amber Willemsen, 40, a former assistant principal turned stripper, was free on bond on a drug charge at the time of the crash in June 2016, reported Fox News.
Evidence showed Willemsen driving on the wrong side of a road prior to the collision. Furthermore, her blood alcohol content (BAC) was more than twice the Texas legal limit of 0.08.
The exotic dancer collided head-on with Officer Endy Ekpanya’s patrol car in Pearland, south of Houston.
Remembering Officer Endy Ekpanya
Ekpanya was responding to a non emergency disturbance call when his patrol unit was struck. He was found unresponsive at the scene, and pinned in his patrol vehicle. Pearland Fire Department had to work to extricate him from the patrol unit.
As a result of the injuries caused by the collision, Ekpanya was flown to Memorial Hermann Hospital and Medical Center. He passed away shortly after arrival.
At the time of the collision, Ekpanya was engaged to be married. He had been in service with the Pearland Police Department for one year.
Officer Ekpanya was survived by his then two-year-old son and fiance.
Woman Had Prior Conviction
Willemsen had just left her shift at the Ritz, Fox 26 reported. Surveillance images submitted as evidence showed Willemsen drinking while working at the strip club.
The rather stiff sentence for a manslaughter case was likely perpetuated by a prior conviction. Records showed that in 2014 she completed two years’ probation for another drunken driving case.
(Photo: Brazoria County Jail)