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Fort Worth officer suspended months after arrest on suspicion of DWI

FORT WORTH -- A police officer was suspended from the force indefinitely on Thursday, almost five months after he was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, police said.

The action was taken against officer Guillermo "Bill" Hernandez after an internal investigation into his May 17 arrest in north Fort Worth, according to Lt. Paul Henderson, a police spokesman.

In May, a Tarrant Regional Water District officer noticed Hernandez's truck on Texas 199 and followed him. According to the officer's report, the truck swerved on and off the road and eventually ran a red light.

The water district officer pulled the truck over after it almost struck another car, according to the report.

The officer reported that Hernandez apologized for running the red light and said he was swerving because the wheel was jerked around as he fought with his girlfriend, who was in the passenger seat.

The reporting officer noted a strong odor of alcohol, as did a sheriff's deputy who arrived and arrested Hernandez, according to the report.

Hernandez is due back in court in connection with the arrest on Monday, according to court records.

Chris Barrett, an attorney provided for Hernandez by the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas, said Hernandez planned to appeal his suspension. Barrett declined to comment further.

Hernandez has been on restricted duty, and not allowed to carry a badge or gun, since May.

Staff writer Deanna Boyd contributed to this report.

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