Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Another Police Officer Refuses The Voluntary Field Sobriety Tests

The La Villa police chief suspected of drunken driving refused the voluntary field sobriety tests and then smacked the hands of a nurse who tried to give him a blood test, police said Monday.

Alonzo Garcia, acting chief in the 1,300-resident border town of La Villa, veered off the road and hit a fence in San Juan late Saturday, San Juan police investigator Jose Flores said. A witness called police, who detected alcohol on Garcia's breath, Flores said.

Garcia refused a breath test but consented to a hospital blood test, Flores said.

"I don't know how far that went because he ended up assaulting a nurse," Flores said. With his handcuffed hands, "he forced her hands down and hit her, striking her hands," he said.

Garcia was charged with driving while intoxicated. He posted $10,000 bail and was released from Hidalgo County Jail on Sunday.

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