HOUSTON An HPD officer injured in a crash with a school bus earlier this month has been charged with DWI and relieved of duty with pay.
Sgt. Ruben Trejo, 46, was on his way to work on April 13 when he collided with the bus in the 7900 block of Harrisburg at about 2:15 p.m. in East Houston.
No children were on board.
At the time, an HPD spokesman said the bus driver ran a stop sign and caused the accident. But other witnesses said the officer was the one who ran a stop sign.
The bus driver said she thought he'd been drinking.
He smelled drunk and he had beer and wine opened in his car, Teresa Argueta said after the accident..
Other witnesses said officers at the scene threw a towel over the open containers and threatened to arrest anyone who took photos.
There is indeed some alcohol in the vehicle, but I want to make perfectly clear that it is not illegal to have sealed, closed containers of alcohol in a vehicle -- what is a violation of the law is if they are open, said Robert Manzo, with HPD.
Trejowas treated for injuries at an area hospital and later released.
He was relieved with pay on Friday after an investigation led to DWI charges.