Plano officer arrested for DWI, evading police

A former Rookie of the Year is accused of driving drunk, crashing his car and running from colleagues.

PLANO — A Plano police officer who was arrested Wednesday morning now faces charges of driving while intoxicated and evading police.

Byron Betler, a 10-year veteran of the department who had done significant work in DWI enforcement, crashed his vehicle into a light pole near the corner of Hedgecoxe and Robinson roads. He was off-duty when he was arrested by his colleagues.

"A passerby had called and said there was a traffic crash, and our officers had responded to the location," said police spokesman David Tilley.

New documents released July 16 indicated it was a stranger who called 911. Betler, the department's 2006 Rookie of the Year attempted to climb a retaining wall after the crash, according to those documents.

He refused all sobriety tests, police said.

"Even though we are police officers, we are not above the law," Tilley said. "We still are held to the same standards — or higher — than everyone else out there is."

Betler was placed on paid administrative leave. Along with the criminal investigation, there is an internal investigation happening.

"Our Professional Standards Unit will do a complete investigation. They're going to speak with all the officers that are involved," Tilley said.

Officers who worked the deep night shift with Betler were the ones who picked him up, and who he is accused of evading. Bond was set at $500 per charge.

Betler was out on bond Wednesday night. "I have nothing to say," he told News 8 at his home.


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