Fort Worth officer resigns after DWI conviction

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A Fort Worth officer has resigned from the police department following his recent conviction for driving while intoxicated.

Domingo N. Martinez was sentenced by County Criminal Judge Billy Mills to 18 months probation after being convicted by a jury of DWI, a Class B misdemeanor, on Sept. 23, court records show.

If he violates the terms of his probation, he faces up to 60 days in jail.

Martinez was arrested Dec. 23, 2010, after making an abrupt turn in downtown Fort Worth in front of marked DWI unit patrol car, forcing the officer inside to slam on the brakes.

He refused to perform a field sobriety test. Blood drawn under a warrant later revealed he had a blood alcohol level of 0.13, above the legal limit of 0.08.

Martinez had previously accepted a 30-day suspension in lieu of termination while his criminal case was still pending.

Chief Jeff Halstead announced Jan. 4 that he was changing his approach to DWI cases and would fire any subsequently arrested officer whose DWI accusation is “sustained” by internal affairs.

Deanna Boyd, 817-390-7655 Twitter: @deannaboyd

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