PEARLAND, Texas — A 40-year-old Houston-area woman has been convicted of intoxication manslaughter for a two-vehicle crash that killed a Pearland police officer last year.
A Brazoria County jury deliberated two hours Tuesday before finding Amber Willemsen, of Friendswood, guilty in the June 2016 death of Officer Endy Ekpanya. Evidence showed Willemsen was driving on the wrong side of a suburban Houston road and that her blood alcohol content was more than twice the Texas legal limit of 0.08 when she collided head-on with his patrol car.
The former assistant principal who worked in a Houston strip club was free on bond on a drug charge at the time. Records show in 2014 she completed two years’ probation for another drunken driving case. She now faces from five to 99 years in prison.