Dallas lieutenant faces disciplinary actions for coming to work impaired

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by REBECCA LOPEZ and TANYA EISERER / WFAA

WFAA

Posted on March 7, 2014 at 10:17 AM

DALLAS –– An internal affairs investigation sustained five allegations that a Dallas police lieutenant slept on duty, arrived to work impaired and took batteries out of vehicles while supervising the department’s auto pound. 

Lt. Mike Magiera was caught sleeping on duty and was reported to his supervisors, who requested he be tested for prescription drug abuse. Officers drew blood to check for drugs. 

In a surveillance video obtained by News 8, Magiera is asked to perform a field sobriety test. He’s seen stumbling and is asked by an officer if he knows all the instructions. When he tries to lift his foot, he’s seen stumbling again. 

The accusations center around a photo of Magiera sleeping while on duty. A sergeant working for the lieutenant at the auto pound took the picture. 

“I heard snoring by the copier machine,” said Sgt. Bronc McCoy to internal affairs investigators. “I walked around the desk partition and saw Lt. Magiera sleeping.” 

Supervisors then requested he be tested for prescription drugs. During the field sobriety test, he has a hard time touching his nose. Magiera defends his actions in statements filed with the internal affairs investigators. He says he had difficult maintaining a proper sleep schedule because he was switched from an evening to day shift.

“I was on a nine-hour day so I used my unpaid lunch break to sleep in my office,” he said. “I set an alarm.” 

He also told investigators he suffered from severe pain after an accident so he took pain pills. Supervisors will determine what discipline, if any, the lieutenant faces. They could choose to fire him.

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