SAPD officer fired for off-duty DWI crash that hurt Kirby police officer
Chief: Arrest brought 'reproach, discredit' on SAPD
SAN ANTONIO – A San Antonio police officer arrested in June after he crashed into a Kirby police cruiser while he was off-duty has been fired.
Armando Alvarado Jr. was charged with driving while intoxicated with a blood-alcohol content of 0.15 or higher on June 16. The legal limit for intoxication in Texas is 0.08. The charge against Alvarado is a Class A misdemeanor.
The arrest was cited in a termination letter sent to Alvarado June 27. The document was released to KSAT-12 Friday.
Kirby police said an officer was stopped on the 5500 block of FM 78 to write a traffic ticket when Alvarado crashed into the police cruiser. The Kirby officer was taken to a hospital, where he was treated for his injuries and released.
KSAT-12 has reported that a blood draw warrant said Alvarado had slurred speech, was swaying on his feet and refused to complete a field sobriety test.
Alvarado said he stopped to help the Kirby officer, but denied crashing his truck into the Kirby police patrol vehicle. The warrant also said Alvarado accused the injured Kirby officer of being intoxicated.
The termination letter said Alvarado was a probationary officer who can be disciplined or discharged without cause at the discretion of Chief William McManus.
"You should know, and must know, that sound judgment and good behavior are qualities necessary for responsible and effective law enforcement. I, the San Antonio Police Department, and the public expect police officers to act with courage and build trust within the organization and community," the letter said. "Moreover, in accordance with the General Manual, you are not to commit any act tending to bring reproach or discredit upon yourself or the San Antonio Police Department. You did not meet those fundamentals on June 16, 2017."
The letter said Alvarado cannot have the termination reviewed by an arbitrator, the San Antonio Police Officers' and Firefighters' Civil Service Commission or any court.
Bexar County court records show Alvarado posted a $1,000 bond. No trial date has been set.
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