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Fort Worth police fire two officers

FORT WORTH -- The Fort Worth Police Department has fired two officers, including one who was found asleep in his patrol car at a Burleson intersection. Officer Clinton Wyatt, who was arrested for suspicion of driving while intoxicated, was put on indefinite suspension by acting Police Chief Patricia Kneblick, according to a statement released Friday.

A Burleson police officer found Wyatt, 32, asleep behind the wheel of his marked Fort Worth patrol car about 3:45 a.m. April 6 in the 100 block of Northwest Burleson Boulevard at Renfro Street.

He had been working at the Texas Motor Speedway and had gotten off work the night before at about 6 p.m., said Lt. Paul Henderson, a police spokesman, in April.

The firing was effective Thursday, the same day Wyatt met with Kneblick, Henderson said. Wyatt had worked for the department since January 2003. He was a patrol officer assigned to the crime response team. Wyatt and his family declined to comment, said his grandmother, who was reached by telephone Friday morning.

Henderson said, “It is not easy to watch a fellow officer suffer the consequences of their own actions. It’s a thousand times harder to be the one who delivers those consequences.”

Wyatt’s DWI trial in Johnson County is still pending, Henderson said.

Second officer fired Friday

Kneblick on Friday also indefinitely suspended officer James Hale, a 13-year veteran.

In December, Hale appeared in a police report as a suspect in a theft/credit abuse and obtaining prescription drugs by fraudulent means offense, Henderson said.

Hale was suspended for allegedly being untruthful during a six-month internal affairs investigation, Henderson said. He has been on restricted duty since January and was fired Friday.

"Our most sacred rule is not to be unthruthful during internal investigations,” Henderson said.

The criminal case has been turned over to the Tarrant County District Attorney’s office for review, he said.

Staff writer Melody McDonald contributed to this report

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