SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio police arrested Officer Nesta Reid on Monday after a department vehicle with its license plates removed and its laptop missing was found abandoned over the weekend on railroad tracks just east of downtown, officials said.
The vehicle, assigned to the department’s traffic unit and with low-profile SAPD markings on it, was found in the 200 block of Indiana Street, not far from Southtown, sources said.
Its license plates had been removed and its laptop was no longer in the vehicle, SAPD said.
The officer assigned to the vehicle told investigators he left it parked at the department’s Central Substation Friday evening, with the laptop still inside, and vehicle locator logs confirm that was the vehicle’s location when he signed off.
SAPD later found out Reid had collided with a barrier, which caused minimal damage to the vehicle. Police said Reid tried to hide the crash before abandoning the vehicle.
Reid faces charges of Theft of Vehicle, Obstructing Passageway/Roadway, and Tampering with Physical Evidence, SAPD said.
Reid is a five-year veteran of the San Antonio Police Department and was assigned to the traffic unit, officials said. He was suspended without pay.
SAPD said it will conduct criminal and administrative investigations.