Bexar County Sheriff's Office
A San Antonio Police officer has been placed on paid administrative leave after drunkenly slamming his truck into a parked Kirby patrol car and injuring the officer inside, according to police reports.
An unnamed Kirby officer was in the middle of writing a traffic ticket for someone with a broken headlight on FM 78 around 3:30 a.m. Friday when off-duty SAPD Officer Armando Alvarado Jr. crashed into his cruiser from behind. According to his arrest warrant obtained by KSAT
, Alvarado said he was only pulling over to assist the Kirby officer. And although Alvarado he had slurred speech, was swaying drunkenly, and refused to take a breathalyzer test, the warrant says he blamed the Kirby officer for being the drunk guy at the scene. Nonetheless, Alvarado was charged with a DWI and shuttled to the Bexar County Jail.
SAPD Chief William McManus has yet to comment on the Friday incident. Alvarado has only been on the force a year.
According to Kirby Police Chief Kevin Bois
, the older man who had originally been pulled over for his defunct headlight called 911 and stayed with the injured officer until law enforcement arrived. Bois said his officer suffered minor back and neck injuries from the crash, but is recovering quickly.
Asked what he thought about his officer being hit by another cop, Bois said: "The actions of one individual officer doesn't reflect on the department as a whole."