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Police: Former Hidalgo County prosecutor under investigation, charges pending

Police found a former Hidalgo County prosecutor asleep in a car last week and may charge him with driving while intoxicated, which would send him to jail for the third time in three months.

At 5:45 p.m. on Dec. 29, police found Ricco Diaman Delgado, 32, of McAllen — a former Hidalgo County prosecutor and the son of state District Judge Rodolfo "Rudy" Delgado — asleep in a car on the 900 block of East Expressway 83, according to information released by the McAllen Police Department.

"At that time, his condition was such that he had to be hospitalized," said Lt. Joel Morales, a spokesman for the department.

Morales said he couldn't provide additional details about what happened.

"At this point, the case is under investigation and charges are pending," Morales said.

Morales said Delgado may be charged with driving while intoxicated, possession of drug paraphernalia and inhaling or ingesting a volatile chemical.

"We don't have any comment on that until we actually see something that's filed," said attorney Al Alvarez, who represents Delgado.

Any arrest would send Delgado to the Hidalgo County jail for the third time during the past three months.

> On Oct. 14, Delgado was booked on the charge of driving while intoxicated, a Class B misdemeanor.

Hidalgo County Justice of the Peace Jaime "Jerry" Muñoz set bond at $1,000 and jailers released Delgado the next day.

After the arrest, the Hidalgo County District Attorney's Office suspended Delgado without pay.

> On Oct. 23, Delgado was booked on the charge of inhaling or ingesting a volatile chemical, a Class B misdemeanor.

McAllen Assistant Municipal Judge Ricardo Montalvo set bond at $2,500 and jailers released Delgado the same day.

After the second arrest, Delgado resigned from the District Attorney’s Office.

Judge Delgado declined to comment on whether or not his son had entered a rehabilitation program, calling the matter courthouse gossip.

"What I would say to everyone is the presumption of innocence applies to every person who is accused of anything," Judge Delgado said.

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