FORT WORTH -- The Fort Worth Police Department confirmed Wednesday that an off-duty DWI enforcement officer was arrested Wednesday for suspicion of driving while intoxicated.
Nicolas Ramirez was pulled over in the 1700 block of Highway 114 just before 1 a.m. after an on-duty Keller police officer noticed the SUV Ramirez was driving weaved out of its lane and onto the shoulder.
Ramirez, 32, failed a field sobriety test at the scene and was taken to the Keller city jail, where breathalyzer tests showed his blood alcohol content (BAC) was more than twice the legal limit of 0.08.
The four-year veteran faces a Class A misdemeanor DWI charge punishable by up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine. He has already bonded out of jail.
Ramirez has been with the department since 2008 and has been a DWI enforcement officer since August 2012. Ramirez was immediately placed on restricted duty status and transferred from the traffic division and "is not authorized to act in any capacity as a peace officer pending the outcome of the investigation," according to the Fort Worth police.
"It is extremely troubling that one of our police officers, especially a DWI enforcement officer, has been arrested in this manner," said Fort Worth Police Chief Jeffrey Halstead in a statement. "Our residents can be assured that this matter will be handled expeditiously and to their expectations."
Fort Worth police say 14 officers have been arrested for DWI related incidents since 2008, including a crash that killed a young mother in 2009. Every Fort Worth officer must now take mandatory alcohol awareness training –– a policy launched by Halstead.
Because of Ramirez' relatively short amount of time on the DWI unit, few of his cases have come to trial. When they do, Tarrant County's lead DWI prosecutor says it will be hard for the state to use him as a witness.