KHOU/KVUE by Shelton Green - March 30, 2012
MUSTANG RIDGE, Texas – A police officer working in a small community 30 miles south of Austin is now engaged in a fight to keep his job after he was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated in his marked patrol car. Around 1:15 Wednesday afternoon, Officer Jacob Cuevas was spotted by a passerby in Guadalupe County, a little more than 40 miles from Mustang Ridge, slumped over the steering wheel of his patrol car. Cuevas was off-duty and in plain clothes, and it isn’t known why he was in his police unit. Guadalupe County Sheriff Deputies say when they arrived they saw Cuevas driving on FM 621. When he was pulled over, deputies said they could smell alcohol on Cuevas and they also said that he appeared intoxicated. Cuevas was arrested and charged with DWI. He was taken to the Guadalupe County Jail in Seguin. “Well shoot he should be fired because I feel a police officer is supposed to be upstanding in the community, they represent the community,” said W. Williams, a Bastrop County resident who frequently drives to Mustang Ridge. Cuevas posted a $10,000 bond and was on administrative leave, pending the outcome of his case.
My father was a deputy sheriff for 10 years, and police work is no easy job. I am extremely proud of him. While I think it is important to expose those in law enforcement who are dishonest, let's remember there are very good men and women in the force as well and not paint them all with the same brush.
There are good and bad in any and every walk of life and profession. I find it unfair to pass such judgment on an officer for a single offense without knowing circumstances. I think more compassion is needed. Where is our compassion for people?
I was in the profession for nearly 26 years, so I feel that I can judge this officer. On top of that, I have had contact with him in the past. He displayed an air of poor professionalism and the lack of knowledge of Texas Code. He's not suitable for continued employment as a LEO in this state.
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