BCSO deputy charged with DWI; sheriff 'angry' about arrest

Margie Hernandez-Miranda, 61, stopped on way home from NIOSA

By Ben Spicer - Web Producer, Dillon Collier - Investigative Reporter, Paul Venema - Reporter

SAN ANTONIO - A Bexar County Sheriff's Office deputy was arrested and charged with DWI late Tuesday.

According to a blood draw warrant, Margie Hernandez-Miranda, 61, was arrested just before 11 p.m. by San Antonio police after officers saw her drifting along Highway 151 and crossing a median. 

The warrant said Hernandez-Miranda was driving 49 mph in a 60 mph speed zone and reportedly smelled of alcohol when the officer approached her vehicle.

Hernandez-Miranda, a bailiff for the 290th State District Court, told the officers that she had just left NIOSA, where she had only two drinks. She also refused a breathalyzer test, the warrant said.

"Quite frankly, I'm angry," Sheriff Javier Salazar said after learning of Hernandez-Miranda's arrest. "I'm disappointed in the way this deputy has conducted herself."

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Tuesday night's DWI arrest was not a first for Hernandez-Miranda. 

BCSO discipline records released Wednesday show that Hernandez-Miranda served a three-day suspension in early 2013, months after she was arrested on suspicion of DWI in San Patricio County.

An off-duty Hernandez-Miranda in September 2012 was pulled over for speeding by a state trooper, who noticed "an 18 pack of beer (Bud Light) with several missing," according to the discipline paperwork.

Hernandez-Miranda failed a field sobriety test, then took off her handcuffs while being taken to jail, according to the paperwork.

The case was later dismissed for insufficient evidence, according to a BCSO spokesperson.

"That certainly is cause for concern, and when you're talking about progressive discipline, which is something we utilize here, we're going to take that into account," Salazar said.

Hernandez-Miranda, who has worked for BCSO since 1982, has been placed on at least 10 days administrative leave while the department reviews the case, Salazar said.

She was released on bond early Wednesday morning.

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