A Nevada police officer was fired after allegedly driving his patrol car drunk with bottles of liquor and guns found in the vehicle.
Mesquite Police Det. Gustavo Garcia, 35, was pulled over in his unmarked patrol car in Kingman, Arizona after a caller reported that he was traveling 30 miles per hour on a highway with a speed limit of 65, That reports KVVU-TV.
Garcia was “staggering” as he got out of the car and was struggling to “keep his balance,” according to an Arizona Department of Public Safety report obtained by the outlet.
Another trooper reportedly helped prevent Garcia from falling over, and blood tests showed his blood alcohol content was .24, which is three times the legal limit.
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A bottle of Jagermeister Cold Brew Coffee and a full bottle of Jagermeister liquor were found in the Chevy Equinox, a “department-issued town of Mesquite, unmarked patrol vehicle,” the report said.
Two weapons were also found in the vehicle: a Glock 17 9mm service pistol and a Glock 19 pistol, believed to be Garcia’s personal property.
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“Upon completion of the internal investigation, Garcia was discharged on Monday, Jan. 9,” said Mesquite Police Sgt. That says Wyatt Oliver in a statement to KVVU-TV.
“Anytime an officer commits a crime, it’s unacceptable, hurtful and extremely disheartening,” Mesquite Police Chief Maquade Chesley said in a statement following Garcia’s DUI arrest in November.
“Not only do their actions violate public trust, but they damage the reputation of our entire profession.”
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TUSEN News Digital reached out to Mesquite city officials for comment, but did not immediately receive a response.