SAN ANTONIO – A Bexar County Sheriff’s Office corporal was arrested on Easter Sunday under suspicion of driving while intoxicated.
The sheriff’s office and San Antonio police sources confirmed that corporal Susan Palomo was taken into custody Sunday night in the 2900 block of Thousand Oaks Drive.
A vehicle driven by Palomo nearly struck an SAPD patrol vehicle and failed to yield the right of way, according to preliminary information released by SAPD Tuesday morning.
Palomo went through a field sobriety test at the scene and after being booked, a blood draw warrant was obtained in order to test her blood, SAPD records show.
Palomo posted her $800 bond on the DWI charge and was released from jail on Monday, according to the central magistrate’s office.
Palomo was suspended late last year after an unrelated investigation found that she attached the wrong bond paperwork of an inmate, leading to an erroneous release.
A 15-day suspension was initially proposed, but after an appeal, the suspension was reduced to two days, records showed.
Palomo is currently assigned to the detention division, and has been employed with the agency since 2004, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office. She has been placed on administrative leave and have her peace officer’s license rescinded pending investigations.
“In the midst of this community and agency fighting the COVID crisis with everything in our power, this is beyond disrespectful. This 16 year employee is certainly experienced enough to know better," Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said in a statement. "My intention is to terminate her employment as soon as possible, if ultimately convicted for this crime.”