EDINBURG — A night of drinking and a hit-and-run auto wreck landed a county detention officer behind bars and out of a job, said Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Treviño.
Texas Department of Public Safety troopers arrested Michael Balderas early Sunday morning at the intersection of Farm-to-Market Road 907 and Canton Road after a wreck, Treviño said.
Balderas, 30, was charged with one count of driving while intoxicated, one count of accident causing damage to a vehicle and one count of failure to stop and render aid. Bond was set at $2,000.
Balderas worked as a detention officer at the Hidalgo County Jail for three months.
The sheriff terminated Balderas Sunday as he was getting booked at the jail, Treviño said.
“Unlike our zero tolerance on drugs, I will forgive your first DWI offence,” the sheriff said. “Unless you are involved in an accident, cause injuries or property damage or if you are disrespectful to the arresting officer. If you do that you are fired on the spot.”
Treviño said that he has various employees who have been arrested for drunken driving, but have cleaned up their acts and are productive workers.
Ildefonso Ortiz covers courts, law enforcement and general assignments for The Monitor. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and at 956-683-4437.