Monday, February 03, 2014

Officer Homero Reynaga Arrested for Vandalizing Neighbor's Vehicle

An off-duty Portland police officer was arrested in Tualatin on New Year's Eve.

Homero Reynaga, a 15-year veteran of the Portland Police Bureau, is accused of vandalizing a neighbor's vehicle on the 6400 block of Southwest Nyberg Lane.

Tualatin police were called to the scene on Dec. 31. Officers arrested Reynaga on the charge of second-degree criminal mischief and booked him in the Clackamas County Jail.

He has since been released from jail and is set to be arraigned in court on Jan. 30.

Reynaga was off-duty at the time of his arrest, according to investigators.

Police did not immediately release any details about what led up to the incident.

According to records, Reynaga was cited in July 2011 for DUI in Salem. Deputies said he drove into another car with a blood alcohol level of .24 percent, three times the legal limit.

The other driver was not badly injured. Reynaga, who was off-duty at the time of the crash, later pleaded guilty to DUII and was ordered to go through an alcohol treatment program.

His license was also suspended for one year.

Reynaga was most recently assigned to Central Precinct. He is now on paid administrative leave and his police powers have been rescinded pending an internal investigation, according to the Portland Police Bureau.

"The Portland Police Bureau does not comment on personnel matters because it could interfere with the process of conducting a neutral, objective investigation and we must protect public employees' privacy interests consistent with the Oregon Public Records Law and relevant collective bargaining agreements," according to a statement from Portland police.

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