Houston Police Officer Fired After DWI Crash

Prosecutors say the officer's blood-alcohol level was twice the legal limit

Monday, Sep 19, 2011  |  Updated 8:38 AM CDT
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Officer Fired After DWI Crash With School Bus

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Houston's police chief has confirmed that he fired a patrol sergeant charged with drunk driving after the officer crashed into a school bus on his way to work.

Chief Charles McClelland says the investigation is ongoing and other police officers may be disciplined in connection with the April collision.

Union officials told the Houston Chronicle that Sgt. Ruben Trejo was fired last month as he was making arrangements to retire from the department he had joined in 1985.

The bus driver, who was ticketed, told police the uniformed Trejo smelled like alcohol and had open beer bottles in his truck.

Prosecutors charged Trejo with DWI, saying his blood-alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit.

Paul Nugent, Trejo's attorney, said he's a good man who made a big mistake.

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