Law Offices of Tim Powers
A Fort Worth police DWI officer was arrested this morning in Westlake on
suspicion of driving while intoxicated.
Upon learning of the arrest, the Fort Worth Police Department immediately
placed Nicolas Ramirez on restricted duty and reassigned him from the
traffic division, where he had worked as a DWI enforcement officer since August.
“Our organization works hard to keep our streets safe during all
holidays. It is extremely troubling that one of our police officers, especially
a DWI enforcement officer, has been arrested in this manner,” Police
Chief Jeffrey Halstead said in a news release Wednesday afternoon in which
he apologized for the officer’s poor judgment.
“Our residents can be assured that this matter will be handled expeditiously
and to their expectations.”
Ramirez was pulled over shortly before 1 a.m. in the 1700 block of Highway
114 after a Keller officer running radar in the area spotted the off-duty
officer’s Ford Explorer weaving out of its traffic lane, according
to Lt. Brenda Slovak, a Keller police spokeswoman. Westlake contracts
with the city of Keller for police services.
Ramirez, 32, failed a field sobriety test at the scene, Slovak said.
He was taken to the city jail where two breathalyzer tests revealed his
blood alcohol content level at more than twice the legal limit of 0.08,
Slovak said. Slovak said the breath test results were 0.188 and 0.194.
Because the breath tests indicated that Ramirez’s BAC level was above
0.15, the officer faces a Class A misdemeanor DWI charge punishable by
up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine.
Ramirez was later released from jail after posting a $500 bond, Slovak said.
Ramirez has been with the Fort Worth Police Department for four years.
He has been stripped of his gun and badge and is not authorized to act
in any capacity as a peace officer pending the outcome of an ongoing administrative
investigation, the news release states.
Fort Worth police implemented alcohol awareness training in 2010 in an
effort to combat alcohol-related misconduct by officers. Since 2008, 19
officers have been arrested on suspicion of drunken driving, including
one who is now serving a 20-year prison sentence for crashing into and
killing a young mother of two.
Last month, Halstead demoted Maj. Paul Henderson to captain and stripped
him of his chief of staff position after Henderson was arrested in Parker
County on suspicion of DWI.