SAN ANTONIO – A Bexar County deputy is on desk duty after a suspected car thief was caught following a pursuit, and the union for sheriff’s deputies is calling the move a penalty for a good job.
On Monday, San Antonio police were looking for the driver of a stolen car on I-37.
The union said Deputy Abigail Rios was alerted to be on the lookout. She saw the suspect in the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop, the union said.
“She pulls him over. When she pulls the guy over … the guy is sitting on the side of the road. He takes off, and then (Rios) says, ‘(Sergeant) what do I do? And he says, ‘Go after him,'" said Jeremy Payne, president of the Deputy Sheriff’s Association of Bexar County.
The union argues that a supervisor gave the deputy permission to chase the suspect.
The Bexar Country Sheriff’s Office said the suspect sideswiped a car and bumped into another vehicle.
The suspect was taken into custody outside of Bexar County in Atascosa County.
BCSO issued the following statement in response:
“The Patrol Deputy involved in yesterday’s pursuit has been placed on Administrative Duty - which is not discipline - due to an ongoing administrative review of her recent pursuit that involved a crash and minor injuries to some of the occupants. This is coupled with an unrelated incident that has resulted in ongoing investigations by the Internal Affairs and Public Integrity Units.”