Details in Arrested Officer's Second DWI Arrest


POSTED: Thursday, October 14, 2010 - 5:27pm

UPDATED: Thursday, October 14, 2010 - 9:32pm

Officer Alberto Madrid, who was arrested this week for allegedly stealing a money box from a wedding, was arrested for assault and arrested twice for driving while intoxicated.

The second DWI incident happened in 2006, and according to the complaint affadavit, police officers found Madrid asleep in his parked car, which was running in a parking lot.

The officers say they found Madrid visibly drunk and he could not stand up. They also found vomit on the floor of his car. They tried to administer a sobriety test but Madrid refused to take the test. Officers then arrested him for a DWI, but the case was dismissed because prosecutors could not prove they had probable cause to believe Madrid actually drove while intoxicated, since they say they found him passed out.

The police department just gave us a folder of documents pertaining to Madrid. Several of the pages show awards he had received in 18 years on the force, but one page shows a long list of internal complaints including an accident in a police car, unprofessional conduct, and using an inappropriate tactic to search someone.

The most recent complaint was only two months ago, where Madrid was taken off his night shift at the airport and transferred to westside patrol so he could be under supervision. Police spokesman Mike Baranyay says he doesn't know of any other officer that has as many complaints as Madrid did.

"There are issues in his personal life that we're just not at liberty to say, because they're personal in nature, so I want to make sure that the public understands we are accepting responsibility for retaining him, there are just things we're not at liberty to discuss," he said.

The department is still refusing to release Madrid's mug shot, even though they usually do for other offenders. Again, the process to terminate him from the El Paso Police Department has begun.

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