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Officer temporarily reassigned after DWI allegation

By Bianca Montes
July 27, 2013 at 2:27 a.m.


A patrol officer arrested in June has been reassigned temporarily to an administrative desk job.

Ryan Salles, 26, with the Victoria Police Department was arrested at 2:51 a.m. June 3 on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

Salles will remain temporarily reassigned while the police department completes an administrative investigation, Chief J.J. Craig said.

The officer was reassigned because it is against policy to engage in public conduct at any time involving alcohol, resulting in arrest.

Salles posted bail June 3 and returned to work June 10 after taking his normal days off, the chief said.

A criminal investigation in connection with the arrest was completed by the Victoria Police Department on June 28 and sent to the district attorney's office.

District Attorney Stephen Tyler said he has not filed the case with the courts and is still looking through the file.

Craig said the administrative case is separate and also not completed.

Salles' blood alcohol content was not reported in the police file, Craig said. The chief declined to say whether Salles submitted to a blood-alcohol test.

A person arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated is required under Texas law to submit to a blood or breath test to determine blood alcohol content.

If a driver refuses the test, the driver's license is immediately suspended pending review of the case.

Refusal also may be used against the suspect in court.

The Victoria Advocate submitted an open records request July 19 for the incident report and arrest report for Salles as well as the officer's personnel file and the personnel policies of the Victoria Police Department.

On Thursday, the city released the department's policies. On Friday, the city released a partial personnel file.

The other requested items have not been released. The records department has 10 working days from the date requested to respond.

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