Cop accused of covering-up drunk cop crashing into school bus has a new job: Head of DWI task force

Chris | InformationLiberation
Sep. 30, 2011

Remember the story about the cops who allegedly helped cover-up one of their fellow officers crashing into a school bus while drunk? The police chief "punished" the officers involved with one day's suspension. Well, now that they've served their time, one of these lucky officers is getting a promotion! His new job title? Head of the DWI task force!

From KTRK:
HOUSTON (KTRK) -- There are surprising new responsibilities for a Houston police officer accused of turning a blind eye in the investigation of a fellow officer's alleged DWI crash.

Seven officers were reprimanded for their roles in allegedly covering up the extent of a fellow officer's DWI accident. HPD says Sgt. Ruben Trejo was drunk when he hit a school bus in April, with a blood alcohol content more than twice the legal limit. Trejo was eventually charged and then fired from the police force, but the officers accused of helping him nearly get away with it remain on the beat. Now Eyewitness News uncovered a surprising new detail.

Tonight we've learned the highest ranking officer among the disciplined cops is getting a new job. It's not part of his discipline. In fact he'll have some increased and somewhat surprising new responsibilities.

[...]Just two weeks after being disciplined for not properly investigating that DWI accident, we've learned Chief Perales is getting a new job. He'll now be in charge of traffic enforcement for HPD and the DWI task force.

Read all the nefarious details here, there's also a lot more detailing the cops' alleged cover-up.

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