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Driving under the influence charge against Sugar Land cop captain

Some of the last people Texas residents expect to see pulled over for drunk driving are police officers. When the officer in question happens to be a police captain, the incident seems even more unfortunate. But that is exactly what happened on the night of Oct. 27, as a captain for the Sugar Land Police Department was busted for DWI. And while the driver thankfully did not cause any car accidents, his negligent conduct could have led to injuries.

The officer was caught after midnight on Oct. 28 in Sugar Land, where traffic was stopped for tractor-trailer accident. Stafford police had been called to assist Sugar Land police with traffic control at the site of the accident where the truck was burning, which occurred at around 11:30 p.m. An officer stationed at the blocked intersection at South Main and Dairy Ashford stopped a vehicle that was trying to get through the intersection. When the officer stopped the driver, the driver identified himself as a Sugar Land Police Department captain. The officer then determined that the driver was intoxicated.

The driver, a 27-year veteran of the force, was arrested and subsequently booked into the Fort Bend County Jail for driving while intoxicated. He has since posted bond and has been released. The captain has been put on administrative leave with pay.

Driving under the influence can lead to accidents, no matter who is behind the wheel. And while people need to be cautious while driving, they should not have to fear being injured or even killed by someone who has sworn to uphold the law and protect the general population. If the officer had injured someone, he could have faced a personal injury lawsuit that could have led to him paying monetary damages.

Source: ABC 13, "Officer arrested for suspected drunk driving," Oct. 28, 2011

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