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Police: DWI officer fired for driving drunk

Published On: Mar 15 2013 02:37:31 PM CDT
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FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -

Police officials have fired a DWI enforcement officer whose arrest in January on suspicion of drunken driving came amid a string of similar charges against Fort Worth officers and prompted a tough response by the department.

A disciplinary letter filed Thursday indicates Nicolas Ramirez's firing took effect earlier in the week.

Ramirez, 32, was off-duty and driving north of Fort Worth when his vehicle was spotted by an officer drifting off the road. Ramirez was arrested on suspicion of DWI after failing a field sobriety test. He's been free on $1,500 bond since shortly after his arrest.
    
Police Chief Jeff Halstead later said he would fire any officer internal investigators determine had driven while drunk.
    
Ramirez's attorney could not be immediately reached for comment.