Court dismisses DWI charge against Alamo city commissioner

Docs: City official completed alcohol education course

A court has dismissed an Alamo city commissioner’s misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated, records show.

Earlier this week, Hidalgo County Court-at-Law No. 8 Judge Omar Maldonado dismissed the class B misdemeanor against Trinidad “Trino” Medina, who was arrested on the charge last December in Alamo, after Medina completed an alcohol education course, the document signed Sept. 9 stated.

Read the dismissal here.

Medina was arrested Dec. 9, 2018, for allegedly driving while intoxicated and having an open container in his sports car.

A Texas Department of Public Safety trooper arrested Medina, 51, at 6:55 a.m. Dec. 9 on the class B misdemeanor charge, according to the probable cause affidavit.

The trooper initially stopped Medina for speeding, and the affidavit states the commissioner, who was behind the wheel of a Chevrolet Camaro, was driving more than 15 mph over the posted speed limit of 30 mph in the vicinity of State Highway 495 and North Tower Road in Alamo.

“I detected a strong odor of alcohol emitting from Medina’s breath and from an (sic) Yeti cup with cold whiskey and water,” the trooper wrote in the affidavit, adding that Medina’s performance on the standardized field sobriety test indicated “Medina did not have the normal use of his mental and physical (faculties) to operate a vehicle.”

Justice of the Peace Roberto Contreras gave Medina a $1,000 personal recognizance bond, and Medina was released from jail shortly after his arrest.

Medina, a clinical staff pharmacist at Doctors Hospital at Renaissance and CVS Pharmacy, did not have a prior driving while intoxicated charge prior to his December 2018 arrest.

He was elected to the Place 1 seat on the Alamo City Commission in November 2017 and previously served as Place 2 commissioner from 2011 to 2015, when he stepped down to unsuccessfully run for mayor.