Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Fort Worth cop Clinton Wyatt arrested for drunk driving

A Fort Worth police officer allegedly found passed out behind the wheel of his marked patrol vehicle at a Burleson intersection was arrested Sunday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

Clinton Wyatt, who was off-duty at the time of the 3:49 a.m. arrest, refused to take a Breathalyzer test, said Chris Havens, public information officer for the Burleson Police Department.

Wyatt, 32, was transported to the Burleson jail and released at 9:58 a.m. Sunday after posting a $1,000 bond, Havens said.

Wyatt began working with the department in January 2003 and has no history of similar incidents on his record, said Lt. Paul Henderson, Fort Worth police spokesman.

“He is on restricted duty and was stripped of his gun and his badge [pending the investigation’s outcome],” Henderson said.

Wyatt, who had been off-duty for more than nine hours before his arrest, was apparently on his way home in his patrol car when Burleson officer Brad Schaefer saw him asleep behind the wheel in the 100 block of N.W. Burleson Boulevard at the Renfro Street intersection.

Havens said the case will be taken to the Johnson County district attorney’s office for further action.

The Fort Worth Police Department’s internal affairs division is investigating the case, according to a press release, and Wyatt’s whereabouts between 6 p.m. Saturday, the time his shift ended, and the time of his arrest are under investigation.