Former Benbrook police detective arrested


by Ben Posey

A former Benbrook police detective was arrested this past week on suspicion of involvement in a wreck that injured two people in August in west Fort Worth near Ridgmar Mall.

1113_jason_montgomery01Jason Montgomery, 39, of Fort Worth, is also named in a lawsuit filed by the injured people, Jeffrey and Abigail Panfil, also of Fort Worth. They accuse him of running from the scene of the Aug. 24 collision at the intersection of Ridgmar Boulevard and the Interstate 30 access road.

Fort Worth police said in a recent statement that “after a long and extensive investigation,” an arrest warrant was obtained for Montgomery in a case of “accident causing serious bodily injury or death.”

Montgomery turned himself in Wednesday at the Tarrant County Jail and was released on $15,000 bail according to reports.

Montgomery and two other Benbrook officers — Sgt. Chad Peabody and Detective Jason Lee — were the focus of an internal investigation after the wreck, and all have resigned.

Fort Worth police said they were summoned at 2:15 a.m. Aug. 24 to the wreck. They found that a red 2006 Dodge pickup had collided with a 2012 black Lincoln sport utility vehicle, according to a news release.

“The occupants of the Dodge pickup fled the scene,” the news release said.

The lawsuit, which seeks monetary damages of at least $100,000, was filed in September by the Panfils. The suit says the wreck caused them pain, anguish, impairment and lost wages.

The suit says a third officer was contacted by Montgomery and Peabody “to arrange a getaway car for them.”

The internal investigation ended with the officers’ resignations according to news reports.