DASO investigator on leave after drunken driving arrest

Full story: Las Cruces Sun-News

A Do a Ana sheriff's investigator is on leave after being arrested for aggravated drunken driving in Las Cruces this past weekend.
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annoyed

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no comment from the Sheriff! You're an elected official! What say you on this matter.
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A lateral move!? Tod sure was pulling some strings for his old buddy and running mate for Under Sheriff! This move is typical for the Sheriff's department! They should both be removed and the reason why Childress was on leave should be revealed, not concealed! Our tax are paying for their services!
Thin Blue Line

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Whatever happened to the meaning of extending "Professional Courtesy" for a fellow officer?
beaten wife

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we all kknow cops are the worse drunks and have a high rate of domestic violence...everything just swept under the rug
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So i guess if you are in law enforment its ok to drink and drive cause you wont get booked into Dona Ana County Dentention Center. Now if you are a regular Joe and get pulled over for DUI you will be hauled off to jail really quick! I think the City Police should have taken him to Dona Ana County Dentention Center no matter if he was a DASO investigatoror not!
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Every time these clowns are caught doing something illegal they get placed on leave - fired them.
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Thin Blue Line wrote:
Whatever happened to the meaning of extending "Professional Courtesy" for a fellow officer?
It's called the dude was driving like a jackass and endangering the public with his stupidity. What ever happend to LEO's protecting and serving? Ohhhh that's right, the arresting officer WAS protecting and serving the public. It's no wonder the general public here has issues with the local law enforcement.
Drunk Drivers wife

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Is'nt this nice. They allowed him to leave his car in the parking lot, most drunk drivers cars get towed and then they have to pay tons of money in order to get their car back. Then he was released instead of being put in jail. Again most drunk drivers have to be put in jail and a bail needs to be paid in order for them to leave. Again special treatment for certain people, NOT FAIR. It cost us almost seven thousand dollars by the time my husband was done with his DUI and he his blood alcohol was only .09. Interesting set of circumstances I am sure.
Proud Native New Mexican

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And why wasn't the deputy's vehicle impounded and towed? You or I would have had to pay all the towing fees, about $250. A drunk driver, no matter their occupation, should be booked into the jail and their vehicle impounded.
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This is the time that Susana Martinez gets on her soap box and proclaims that the officer should be cleared of all wrong doing. And then proceed to do an internal investigation. But for what, he was drunk treat him like everyone else. I wonder if she has ever been caught drunk and let go? Stories have surface.
Get a clue

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annoyed wrote:
no comment from the Sheriff! You're an elected official! What say you on this matter.
Elected official or not, they can not comment on personnel issues. You should know this. If the Investigator blew a .17 then it's likely he will be convicted. Surely there will be an internal investigation but you and I will not be privy to the details. Internal disciplinary action will likely follow, but until then, the Investigator is also deemed "innocent until proven guilty". His rights are not thrown out just by the mere fact he is law enforcement. And to give out any information would be inappropriate on the part of the Sheriff, County Officials or anyone else. Likewise, law enforcement gets a double wammy that the public doesn't. If convicted of DWI, law enforcement loses their police certification for 3 years which means he's out of a job. This sanction comes down from the Police Academy Board in Santa Fe.
Raider

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Get a clue wrote:
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Elected official or not, they can not comment on personnel issues. You should know this. If the Investigator blew a .17 then it's likely he will be convicted. Surely there will be an internal investigation but you and I will not be privy to the details. Internal disciplinary action will likely follow, but until then, the Investigator is also deemed "innocent until proven guilty". His rights are not thrown out just by the mere fact he is law enforcement. And to give out any information would be inappropriate on the part of the Sheriff, County Officials or anyone else. Likewise, law enforcement gets a double wammy that the public doesn't. If convicted of DWI, law enforcement loses their police certification for 3 years which means he's out of a job. This sanction comes down from the Police Academy Board in Santa Fe.
Is this a Joke, he loses his job Boo Hoo. The point was that he was treated differently. Double wammy, does the common person lose less? An officer violating the laws he himself swore to up hold. They trample on our right while protecting theirs, YEA that's "EQUAL JUSTICE".
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WOW, is all I can say; the same procedure should be done whether it is a city official or any Tom, Dick, or Harry.

The only statement that I am getting across is "not every drunk driver gets the same treatment". What "if" this person would of hurt an innocent person because of his dumb-stupid choices. BUT it's okay because he is an official---bullcrap.

DWI has no discrimination, either your choose to drive drunk or not, PERIOD!!!
completely shocked

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Raider wrote:
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Is this a Joke, he loses his job Boo Hoo. The point was that he was treated differently. Double wammy, does the common person lose less? An officer violating the laws he himself swore to up hold. They trample on our right while protecting theirs, YEA that's "EQUAL JUSTICE".
Right On >> Raider!!! Couldn't of said it better myself.....
JNNM

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This is total BS! Most citizens have their cars towed and are jailed! Giving specail treatement to one of their kind is wrong and it should be illegal! Total BS!
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Ok people quit talking about his dame car, it dosent matter that his car wasent towed.
What matters is that he was two times the limit and was released. I spend alot of time speaking up for our local law enforcment, but for H.E. double hockey sticks. This guy was not only a deputy but he was in an investigators slot. He should hold himself to a higher standard... NOT only that but can you think of anyone else that should know better not to drink and drive then a Cop.
One bad apple spoils the bunch.
Helloooooooooooo McFly

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Everyone spouting off about his car not being towed must have a DUI or two under their own belt to feel so passionate about it.

The LCPD officer was right in making the arrest since he was twice over the legal limit. There really is no excuse for that. The car being left and the "OR" release was probably professional courtesy, which since it did not endanger the public, is the officer's discretion and no one else's business. Get over it.
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the newspaper shouldn't be printing this article; they're just making cops look bad.
Not A Bad Guy

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Raider wrote:
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Is this a Joke, he loses his job Boo Hoo. The point was that he was treated differently. Double wammy, does the common person lose less? An officer violating the laws he himself swore to up hold. They trample on our right while protecting theirs, YEA that's "EQUAL JUSTICE".
Just so you know, I have done the SAME thing for the average citizen. I have called a family member or a friend to pick up their vehicle after I arrested them on a traffic stop. I have also called the judge to have someone released without going to jail due to circumstances.
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HOW FUNNY WHEN IT COMES TO ONE OF THEIR OWN THEY GET TO LEAVE THEIR CARS IN A PRIVATE PARKING LOT BUT WHEN IT COMES TO A PLAIN CITIZEN LIKE MY SELF THEY SAID IT CAN'T BE DONE AND HAD IT TOWED AWAY. IT SURE PAYS TO BE A COP SINCE THEY CAN GET AWAY WITH THINGS LIKE DWI'S, SPEEDING, SHOOTING AND KILLING PEOPLE AND I WONDER WHAT ELSE THEY GET AWAY WITH.

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