Thursday, September 15, 2022

Off-duty 52-year-old Laredo Police Sargeant Roberto Fernández Charged With DWI In Texas, Driver's License Confiscated For Refusing A Breathalyzer Test

Fernández refused to take both, a field sobriety and a breathalyzer test when stopped by a Texas State Patrol officer on Bob Bullock Loop in Webb County.

By H. Nelson Goodson 
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

September 15, 2022

Laredo, Texas - On September 11, Roberto Fernández, 52, an off-duty Laredo Police Sargeant was taken into custody and charged with one misdemeanor count for driving while intoxicated (1st-offense and open container). Fernández surrendered his Texas driver's license to the State trooper and was booked at the Webb County jail. 

The Laredo Police Department reported that Sgt. Fernández was placed on administrative duties pending the outcome of the case.

According to the arrest affidavit, Fernández, a 20-year police veteran was stopped around 1:22 a.m. along the Bob Bullock Loop in Webb County during a traffic violation by a Texas Department of Public Safety highway patrol officer (TX State trooper) who noticed that Fernández was impaired. The State trooper attempted to conduct a standard field sobriety and a breathalyzer test on Fernández at the scene, but Fernández refused to take either test.

Fernández was asked to step out of his gray Silverado Chevrolet truck for a search inside and he complied. A search inside his truck yield an open alcoholic beverage container, according to the State trooper arrest affidavit.

If convicted, Fernández is facing up to six months in jail and up to $3,000 in fines and a 90-day to a 1-year suspension of his driver's license for DWI and an additional $500 fine and up to 6-days in jail for an open container enhancement charge.

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