In the past 12 hours, two off-duty San Antonio Police Department officers and one Bexar County Sheriff’s Office deputy have been arrested and charged with driving drunk.
The first was Gena Rodriguez, an 11-year veteran. At 10 p.m. Thursday, she was driving with her three children in the car and rear-ended a truck, causing a three-car wreck. When police and EMTs responded to the scene soon after, one officer suspected Rodriguez was intoxicated when she started slurring her words and moving erratically. A DWI officer then evaluated and ultimately arrested Rodriguez, according to police. She was charged with driving while intoxicated with a child under 15 in the car, a state jail felony. The children were picked up by a relative and no one was injured.
Then early Friday morning, police say Harold Thomaston, a 20-year SAPD veteran, ran a red light in front of an on-duty officer who was driving a marked patrol car. When the officer pulled Thomaston over, he discovered the off-duty cop had been drinking and ultimately arrested and booked him into the local jail on a DWI charge.
SAPD Chief William McManus commented on the arrests Friday morning saying in a prepared statement: “DWI is so preventable; I’m disappointed that these two officers would put public lives at risk by getting behind the wheel after consuming too much alcohol. Both have been placed on administrative leave pending a full internal and criminal investigation.”
Finally, another officer from Bexar County Sheriff’s Office, whose name the department has not yet released, was arrested for DWI Friday morning near I-10 and USAA Blvd. The sheriff's office says she is now on probation and facing termination procedures.
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