Crime

Fort Worth officer arrested on suspicion of DWI

A Fort Worth police officer was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of DWI, his second alcohol-related arrest since 2010.

Evan Geraghty Wincovitch, an east-side patrol officer, was placed on restricted duty, and his gun and badge were confiscated, the Fort Worth Police Department said in a news release.

He was arrested after officers responded to a report of a single-vehicle minor accident at about 2:35 a.m. Tuesday in the 8300 block of Randoll Mill Road in east Fort Worth. As they investigated, officers determined that Wincovitch was driving the vehicle and arrested him, the statement says.

Wincovitch, a Fort Worth officer since 2008, was arrested in June 2010 for public intoxication after wrecking his SUV and abandoning it on railroad tracks in north Fort Worth.

He was arrested by Saginaw police after he was spotted walking with cuts and scrapes on his face and body and smelling of alcohol.

His 1995 Chevrolet Suburban was found stuck on the train tracks in the 4800 block of Railhead Road. Inside the SUV officers found several empty beer bottles, a cellphone and a citation book belonging to Wincovitch.

Wincovitch was suspended from the department for three days after admitting to internal investigators that while off-duty, he drank about 71/2 alcoholic beverages, including a shot of liquor, over almost six hours before wrecking his SUV.

He later pleaded no contest to the Class C misdemeanor in Saginaw Municipal Court and was given 30 days’ deferred disposition. The case was dismissed and he paid the ticket and completed the sentence without new violations.

This report includes material from the Star-Telegram archives.

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