Hidalgo County Deputy fired after arrested for being drunk in public
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 00:09:05 GMT —
A Hidalgo County deputy is now fired following a run in with the law.
The decision came just hours after Action 4 News raised questions of his arrest.
The Hidalgo County Sheriff's office said they have a zero tolerance policy when it comes to alcohol and drugs, adding that just a few hours ago Deputy Ivan Flores was told to clear out his desk. Edinburg police arrested Deputy Flores Saturday morning around 2:30 after he was allegedly drunk in public.
Right now, few details are being released about Flores' arrest, but he was charged with public intoxication and released on a PR bond.
"The sheriff has taken a zero tolerance stance with regards to alcohol and drug related arrests of employees of the Hidalgo County Sheriff TMs Office," Commander Joel Rivera with the Hidalgo County Sheriff TMs Office said.
Commander Rivera said he has not read or seen the Edinburg police report, but that Flores did follow Sheriff's Office policy and notified his supervisor the following day.
Once they were notified of the arrest, the Sheriff's Office launched and internal investigation, which confirmed the allegations against Flores.
Flores was fired when the investigation was completed Tuesday afternoon. Sheriff Guerra implemented his zero tolerance program for employees the moment he was appointed to the position.