A San Antonio police officer was arrested early Thursday morning on a criminal mischief charge.
The officer, identified as Sergio Hernandez, was off duty and not in uniform when witnesses told police he kicked down the door of Stacy's Bar off Blanco Road after he was asked to leave.
The incident occurred around 2:30 a.m.
According to the police report, Hernandez was asked to leave the bar as he was finishing his drink. But once he left, he kicked the door, knocking out the plexiglass and the screws at the bottom of the door.
"He reportedly acted up and was escorted out of the bar," said San Antonio police Chief William McManus. "Once he was outside, I don't know if the door was locked or not, but when the door closed behind him, he put his foot to it and dislodged the plexiglass."
However, managers at Stacy's Bar said when Hernandez was asked to leave, he tried to walk out with his drink.
When he was stopped, managers reported that he threatened the employees and then kicked the door.
Managers said no one is above the law and some neighbors agree.
"I think the badge gets to their head and they try to intimidate people," said Hector Gomez, a neighbor. "Hopefully, they learn from the situation."
McManus said it is not clear if Hernandez was intoxicated at the time of the incident and that investigators need more facts before making that determination.
"The fact of the matter is right now, (Hernandez) has been arrested for criminal mischief and as far as investigating that from an administrative standpoint and a criminal standpoint, it's a top priority right now," McManus said. "We will get into all the personnel issues that may exist as we go along."
McManus added that the incident in question is not acceptable behavior and that every officer knows what is expected of them as far as conduct.
Hernandez, a 10-year veteran of the force assigned to South Patrol, will be placed on administrative leave until the investigation is complete.
McManus said he is not aware of any other disciplinary issues in Hernandez's past.
The charge of criminal mischief is a Class A misdemeanor.