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Dallas Police – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Dallas Police – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

A man with prior DWI convictions is facing new criminal charges after police say he fatally struck a pedestrian in Dallas and drove to work with the victim’s body parts in his car.

Dallas police said they were called to the Maaco Auto Body Shop in the 2500 block of W. Northwest Highway around 12:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 15, after receiving reports of a call for service and a major crash involving a person .

According to an arrest affidavit obtained by NBC 5, 31-year-old Juan Morgan Munoz was driving north in a white 2001 BMW 330CI in the 1800 block of Storey Lane when he ran over a pedestrian. After fleeing the scene of the accident without helping the pedestrian or calling 911, Munoz drove to work on W. Northwest Highway and waited 30 minutes before calling police.

When the officers arrived at the body shop, witnesses, who were also colleagues of Munoz, said they were finishing their work when Munoz arrived in the middle of the night and opened the gate. When his colleagues asked him about his presence, Munoz assured them not to worry and instructed them to get out of his car.

Juan Munoz, 31, is charged with misdemeanor DWI and collision resulting in death after running over a pedestrian on Saturday, June 15, 2024 in Dallas.

Dallas police said that when officers questioned Munoz, they noticed his speech was slurred, his eyes were glassy and he smelled of alcohol.

Muñoz, who insisted he drank one shot of Patrón in the afternoon, failed any field sobriety tests, according to responding officers. His breathalyzer also registered a .179, which is more than twice the legal limit.

In the arrest affidavit, Munoz admitted to police that he was coming from Hooters in Grand Prairie and was on his way to work when he struck a person with his car on Storey Lane and continued driving until he reached the auto body shop. The man said he called his mother and boss, who advised him to call 911.

During the investigation, officers said they observed Munoz’s BMW and found a hole in the front passenger’s windshield, blood, an entire arm in the front passenger seat and more body material.

The victim’s identity has not yet been confirmed by the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Munoz was arrested and charged with misdemeanor DWI and hit and run resulting in death. He is booked into the Lew Sterrett Jail in Dallas County on a $135,000 bond.

The arrest affidavit stated that Munoz provided a blood sample and told Lew Sterett correctional officers that he also had cocaine in his system.

According to police, Munoz pleaded guilty to a DWI charge in New Hampshire in 2018 and paid only a $650 fine. In the summer of 2023, he was arrested for DWO in Fort Worth and sentenced to two years’ probation after he had pleaded guilty.