SAN ANTONIO – A Bexar County sheriff’s deputy was arrested around 9:30 Thursday night on Braun Road near Loop 1604 on the Northwest Side. Police investigators say a traffic officer parked in a patrol car saw Deputy Susanna Cervantes drive into a parking lot and hit two concrete poles that were barriers to a propane tank.
“She observed the vehicle back up from the poles and then strike the poles again,” said Sgt. Javier Salazar from the San Antonio Police Department.
Investigators say when the police officer went up to Deputy Cervantes' car, the deputy wasn't cooperating. Police say 35-year-old Cervantes reached into the center console of her car for something.
“Fearing for her safety our driver deployed her taser,” explained Sgt. Salazar.
Police say after being tased, Deputy Cervantes ripped the taser probes out of her body and continued her tirade. So investigators say they had no choice but to taser Cervantes a second time. Cervantes was eventually taken to the ground and handcuffed.
She’s being charged with DWI, resisting arrest and criminal mischief.
This isn't Deputy Cervantes’ first arrest. Police say she kicked out both windows of a police car when she was arrested back in September. At that time Cervantes was charged with criminal mischief. So when officers arrested her Thursday she was already on administrative leave from the sheriff's office.
Newly elected Sheriff Susan Parmaleau talked to the media Friday afternoon about Officers Cervantes’ arrest.
"I expect deputies of this office to conduct themselves in a professional manner, and with the highest character, when that doesn't happen I will take swift and decisive action, " said Sheriff Parmaleau.
The sheriff says while the San Antonio Police Department is working on Cervantes' criminal investigation, the sheriff's office is doing an internal one.
Deputy Cervantes posted bond and was released from jail Friday night.