Monday, March 01, 2010

Officer Jorge Ibarra Charged with Drunk Driving

A McAllen police officer has been suspended without pay after his arrest Sunday on suspicion of driving drunk.

Jorge Ibarra, 43, of San Juan, refused to take a Breathalyzer test after state troopers pulled him over just before 3 a.m. near the intersection of North Alamo and East Minnesota roads, north of Alamo.

Shortly before the traffic stop, Ibarra reportedly ran off the road and hit a fence, causing minor property damage, said Trooper Johnny Hernandez, spokesman for the Department of Public Safety. The officer did not hurt himself or anyone else.

He will remain on leave until the conclusion of the criminal charges against him, said McAllen police Chief Victor Rodriguez. Internal investigators have also opened their own probe into Ibarra’s alleged conduct.

Ibarra, a 12-year veteran of the department, was released from the Hidalgo County Jail on a $500 bond shortly after his arrest.

If convicted, he could face up to six months in the county jail, termination from the police force and $2,000 in fines.

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