SAN ANTONIO – Updated at 10:59 p.m.:
Deputy Jerry Loera resigned from his post, according to Precinct 2 Constable Michelle Barrientes Vela, who released the following statement:
"Upon further review of the proposed termination late this afternoon, I have elected to accept former Deputy Jerry Loera's resignation from his position within my office. The separation process was begun this afternoon. I will continue to advocate that a set of standards apply to all Law Enforcement Officers as they are held to a high standard of integrity. The choice made by the Deputy has no reflection on my Office nor my Deputies who continue their duties to ensure our community is safe. I would like to again commend the San Antonio Police Department for keeping our community safe."
A Bexar County Precinct 2 deputy constable was arrested Thursday after attending a Fiesta event and is now accused of driving while intoxicated with a blood-alcohol level over 0.15, according to Constable Michelle Barrientes-Vela.
Barrientes-Vela announced the arrest of one of her deputies, identified as Jerry Loera, during a news conference Thursday afternoon outside the county's justice intake center. She said she has taken steps to terminate him.
Loera was off-duty at the time of the arrest, which happened just north of downtown.
Around 1 a.m. on Thursday, Loera was pulled over by San Antonio police for a traffic violation and was found to be intoxicated, Vela said.
Booking records show the arrest happened along Interstate 10 near Scales Street.
Vela said Loera consented to a Breathalyzer test, which determined his blood-alcohol content was almost double the legal limit.
Documentation for proposed termination for Loera has been filed. He has been with the department for over 10 years, Vela said.
A mugshot for Loera has not yet been released by jail officials.