BCSO deputy suspended after failing to investigate potential DWI crash

Deputy Steven Morris failed to conduct a sobriety test after driver crashed into yard, records show

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SAN ANTONIO – A Bexar County sheriff’s deputy was given a 12-day suspension in July after failing to investigate what appeared to be a drunk driving crash.

Deputy Steven Morris was disciplined by the sheriff’s office over a crash he investigated on Nov. 29, 2020, according to suspension records released Tuesday to KSAT 12 News. Neighbors called authorities after a driver crashed into the front yard of a home.

The residents told Morris that the driver appeared to be intoxicated.

“(Morris) told the homeowner that ‘she might be,’” according to the documents.

He also told the other deputy that “she may be a little tipsy.” Despite that, Morris did not conduct a sobriety test on the driver.

The deputy didn’t conduct the test even though residents told him she may be someone who crashed into a neighbor’s yard previously, according to the records.

Morris was “reluctant” to investigate, investigators found. He did not communicate directly with the driver throughout most of the call, according to the document.

Investigators also cited Morris for muting his body camera throughout the call “without giving any valid reason,” according to the records.

Morris forfeited five days of leave and served a seven-day suspension, the records showed.

Morris was one of nine deputies suspended or otherwise disciplined in July, according to the records.

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Fares Sabawi has been a journalist in San Antonio for four years. He has covered several topics, but specializes in crime, courts, open records and data visualization.