Hidalgo County deputy constable arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated

A Department of Public Safety trooper arrested a deputy constable early Saturday morning on a driving while intoxicated charge.

Cesar Hernandez, a Hidalgo County Constable Precinct 4 deputy, was driving at a “high rate of speed” at about 1:03 a.m. Saturday near the city of Hidalgo when he was pulled over by a state trooper, according to information provided by DPS.

Hernandez, 34, showing signs of intoxication, refused to provide a breath sample intended to check his blood alcohol concentration, according to DPS. The trooper subsequently obtained a search warrant, allowing Hernandez’ blood to be drawn at a local hospital.

Following the blood test, Hernandez was booked into the Hidalgo County jail at 3:39 a.m. Saturday on the DWI charge, a Class B misdemeanor. He posted the $2,500 personal recognizance bond set by Precinct 5, Place 1 Justice of the Peace Jason Peña and was released that afternoon.

“We will continue to review and investigate the incident as appropriate, but will make no further comments pending the investigation,” Hidalgo County Precinct 4 Constable J.R. Gaitan said in a text message, noting he received notice following Hernandez’ arrest.

Hernandez, of Pharr, began his employment with the the Precinct 4 constable’s office as a deputy around October 2017 and has been placed on administrative leave, according to Gaitan.

The driving while intoxicated charge, a Class B misdemeanor, is punishable by up to 180 days in jail and a $2,000 fine upon a conviction.

DPS, “in an effort to increase safety on Texas roadways” during the holidays, will increase traffic patrols to curb drunk driving, speeding and other violations beginning Dec. 23, according to an agency news release. The increased enforcement ends Dec. 26, but resumes Dec. 31 for the New Year.