The Texas Department of Public Safety arrested a Mission police officer on suspicion of driving while intoxicated Saturday morning.
A state trooper stopped Ramiro Humberto Gracia Jr., 28, of Mission for driving erratically, according to the criminal complaint against him and a statement from the Department of Public Safety. When the trooper approached Gracia’s truck, he observed a glass of beer in the center console.
“Gracia stated he was coming from a bar and had 3 beers,” according to the criminal complaint.
He failed a field sobriety test, wouldn’t provide a breath sample and declined to answer any questions from the trooper.
Gracia is charged with driving while intoxicated-open container, a Class B misdemeanor.
Justice of the Peace Jaime “Jerry” Muñoz set bond at $1,000.
Gracia joined the Mission Police Department in May 2012, according to Texas Commission on Law Enforcement records. He previously served as a reserve officer in La Grulla.
Mission police Chief Robert Dominguez said the department suspended Gracia with pay and will start the process to indefinitely suspend him.
For an employee protected by civil service regulations, indefinite suspension is equivalent to termination.
Gracia remained at the Hidalgo County jail Saturday afternoon and couldn’t be reached for comment.