A Fort Hood officer and son of a NFL coach is facing a felony charge, after police said he caused a vehicle crash in Austin and fled the scene.

First Lt. Matthew Philbin, 26, son of Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin, was arrested April 29 on a third-degree felony charge of failure to stop and render aid in connection with the March 23 crash.

According to a report published by the Miami Herald on Tuesday, Austin police said Philbin was allegedly driving the wrong way down a one-way street, and stuck another vehicle. 

An incident report listed 22-year-old Kristen Robinson as one of the victims of the crash.

An Austin police detective told the Miami Herald that Philbin asked the victims of crash not to call police, and refused to let them use his cell phone before fleeing in a taxi, leaving his wallet and military identification at the scene.

Fort Hood officials confirmed Tuesday afternoon that Philbin is still stationed on post, and currently  is assigned to 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division. Fort Hood did not release any further information on Philbin.

A court date for Philbin was scheduled for July 7, according to court records.


Contact Chris McGuinness at chrism@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7568. Follow him on Twitter at ChrismKDH.

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The officer is now under Suspension of Favorable Actions per Army Regulation 600-8-2. Effective date should be the date of the incident, pending investigation. Per Army Regulation 600-8-29, paragraph 1-19, the officer is now ineligible for promotion until this matter is concluded.

P.S. "Cavalry" is spelled "Cavalry".

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