Pct. 2 deputy resigns after arrest on suspicion of DWI

Jerry Loera, 43, arrested after Fiesta event

By Adrian Garcia - Digital Journalist, Dillon Collier - Investigative Reporter

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."

Original story:

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. 

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