McALLEN, TEXAS — A San Juan police officer is on unpaid suspension following an arrest early Saturday morn-ing in McAllen on suspicion of drunken driving.
McAllen police arrested patrol Officer Ignacio Pinales and held him at the city jail until his arraignment hearing Saturday afternoon, where a judge formally charged him with driving while intoxicated.
Pinales was transferred to the Hidalgo County Jail and was later released after posting a $1,000 bond.
Details of his arrest were not readily available.
Pinales has served as a patrol officer with the San Juan Police Department for 2½ years, said Chief Juan Gonzalez.
“I take this matter very seriously, and if he is found guilty he will be terminated as a San Juan Police Department officer,” Gonzalez said.
Preliminary court information indicates this is Pinales’ first DWI arrest in the state. In Texas, an initial DWI offense is designated a Class B misdemeanor and is punishable upon conviction with a jail term of up to 180 days and a fine of up to $2,000.
Police officers in Texas must be certified by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Stan-dards and Education. A licensed officer convicted of a crime more serious than a Class B misdemeanor is no longer eligible to serve as a peace officer in the state.