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Victoria police officer resigns after DWI arrest

By Bianca Montes
Jan. 21, 2014 at 10 p.m.
Updated Jan. 21, 2014 at 7:22 p.m.


Policy and Procedures

Public conduct at any time involving alcohol, illegal drugs or unauthorized controlled substances resulting in arrest or conviction under circumstances which bring discredit upon the city or the public service are prohibited activities and policy violations, according to the department's policies and procedures.

A Victoria patrol officer arrested this summer on suspicion of driving while intoxicated resigned.

The resignation followed a six-month internal investigation into the officer's conduct. Ryan Salles, 26, was arrested June 3 and reassigned to an office position while the department completed an administrative investigation into his actions, said Police Chief J.J. Craig.

Criminal charges against the officer were not pursued because of a lack of evidence.

Criminal District Attorney Stephen Tyler told The Advocate in October that the only evidence in the case was the word of a bar employee who couldn't say how much alcohol the off-duty officer was served.

Craig said the department was in the process of terminating Salles when he resigned, saying the officer's conduct was unbecoming of the police department.

"I have a high expectation of conduct and performance," Craig said. "I just didn't feel, in this particular case, those high standards had been met."

Salles, who joined the police department in 2010, declined to comment.

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