Residents from the city of Waxahachie, Texas remembered one of their own Saturday, a 17-year police department veteran killed early Saturday morning by a suspected drunk driver.

The chief of police for the Waxahachie Police Department said just before 12:30 a.m. Saturday, Ofc. Josh Williams was responding to a disturbance call when his patrol car was T-boned by a Chevy Suburban on the 600 block of North Highway 77.

Authorities said the driver of the SUV, Dylyn Richards, 24, was speeding and under the influence of alcohol when he hit the passenger side of the police unit.

"The early indications from the accident scene and witness statements, the Suburban was operating without headlights," said Waxahachie police chief Chuck Edge.

Williams was rushed to Baylor Hospital in Waxahachie, and that's when Edge's phone rang.

"I got the phone call from the assistant chief that was at the hospital.  I was at the station and he was at at the hospital that Ofc. Williams didn't make it," Edge told CW 33 News.

Edge said Williams was well respected, well liked and had an infectious smile.  He also had a fun side.

"He was a practical joker.  A prankster.  And of course, police officers being police officers, we returned the favor, so that is definitely going to be missed," said Edge.

He left behind a wife and three children.

"They're saying she's holding up well.  Tough woman.  It takes a tough person to be the spouse of a law enforcement officer," said Edge.

Edge said the community had stepped up to help Williams' family in their time of need.  A makeshift memorial was setup at the police station and near the scene of the crash.

"There's going to come a moment where it's going to hit us harder and her to, so how long can the toughness or the stiffness last?  I guess we'll find out," said Edge.

Richards was under police custody at Parkland Hospital.  Texas Department of Public Safety officials said Richards would be charged with intoxicated manslaughter, felony one.  Intoxicated manslaughter is traditionally a felony two charge, however, DPS officials said the felony one charge would be applied because the incident happened when an officer of the law was performing his duties.

Update:  Dylyn Richards is charged with Felony 2 Intoxication Manslaughter resulting in the death of a public servant; his bond is $250,000.

Update: Funeral services for Officer Josh Williams are set for Friday in Waxahachie with burial following in Cedar Hill.