30-day suspension issued for SAPD officer who let man wanted on felony DWI warrant leave crash scene

Ofc. Nicholas Rosol’s suspension shortened from 45 days to 30 days after meeting with Chief William McManus

An SAPD patrol vehicle. (Joshua Saunders, KSAT)

SAN ANTONIO – A San Antonio police officer is currently serving a 30-day suspension after he allowed a man wanted on a felony DWI warrant to leave a crash scene despite him showing signs of intoxication, discipline records obtained by KSAT Investigates show.

Officer Nicholas Rosol was initially handed a contemplated 45-day suspension in late August, which was reduced to 30 days after Rosol met with SAPD Chief William McManus.

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Rosol, in early April, was dispatched to a hit-and-run crash in the 1700 block of Rigsby Avenue.

A driver, Ruben Esquivel, was involved in the crash after fleeing from a previous wreck in the area of Interstate 10 East and Roland Avenue, Rosol’s discipline paperwork states.

Despite Esquivel showing apparent signs of intoxication, Rosol N-coded the crash call, meaning he took no police action and allowed Esquivel to leave the scene, the paperwork states.

Rosol failed to have Esquivel perform a standard field sobriety test as well.

Esquivel was wanted on a felony warrant out of Atascosa County for DWI-3rd offense or more and should have been taken into custody by Rosol, according to the records.

One of the drivers involved in one of the crashes did not have a valid driver’s license or valid insurance and Rosol failed to fill out crash reports for either wreck or an offense report for failure to stop and provide information from the second crash, the paperwork states.

Rosol was cited for violating SAPD rules related to being required to take action, alertness required of members, and properly responding to and reporting on crashes, records show.

Rosol began serving his suspension Oct. 12 and will remain suspended until Nov. 10, records show.

He has worked for SAPD since 2019.

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Emmy-award winning reporter Dillon Collier joined KSAT Investigates in September 2016. Dillon's investigative stories air weeknights on the Nightbeat and on the Six O'Clock News. Dillon is a two-time Houston Press Club Journalist of the Year and a Texas Associated Press Broadcasters Reporter of the Year.

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