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Court appearance for officer charged with DWI

Tuesday, May 03, 2011
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We have new information about a Houston police sergeant accused of being drunk and crashing into a school bus.

Ruben Trejo was in court Tuesday morning. Investigators have said Trejo's blood alcohol content was .176, more than twice the legal limit.

The bus driver, who was cited at the scene, claimed Trejo smelled of alcohol and says she saw open bottles at the scene. But the department's internal affairs investigators didn't start looking into the crash until Eyewitness News began asking questions nearly two weeks later.

Today we asked Trejo's attorney if he thought Trejo was given special treatment at the time.

"I can't comment on HPD's procedures -- you'll need to talk to the chief about that. But we feel Sergeant Trejo was treated fairly and he was not on duty at the time of this accident," said Trejo's attorney Paul Nugent.

Internal Affairs is now looking into the crash and the investigation. We also learned today that this is not Trejo's first accident. According to HPD's disciplinary records, Trejo has been named at fault in four accidents in 1990, 1992, 19999 and 2000. He was also cited for insubordination and conduct and behavior problems in 2008.

Trejo has been relieved of duty with pay pending the outcome of the investigation. He is due back in court next month.

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