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'Inexcusable': Off-duty BCSO deputy charged with driving drunk, then evading SAPD officers before arrest

"It’s my belief he knowingly gambled with his career and is well on his way to losing that bet," Sheriff Javier Salazar said.

SAN ANTONIO — An off-duty Bexar County Sheriff's Deputy is facing multiple charges after he was arrested by the San Antonio Police Department on Friday morning, according to a news release from the sheriff's office. 

Ernesto Garza was arrested for driving while intoxicated and evading arrest by SAPD officers at 2:30 a.m. Friday morning.

Garza is an eight-year BCSO veteran who worked as an investigator in the Law Enforcement Bureau and has been served a notice of proposed dismissal for the arrest, according to BCSO. 

“This is a seasoned law enforcement investigator who undoubtedly knows his actions were wrong. It’s my belief he knowingly gambled with his career and is well on his way to losing that bet," Sheriff Javier Salazar said. "Putting the lives of the public and the first responders who arrested him at risk is inexcusable. The consequences will be swift and severe."

The police deparmtnet is conducting a separate investigation pending the outcome of the criminal case. 

Garza is charged with a DWI, which is a class B misdemeanor, and evading arrest, classified as a third-degree felony. 

   

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