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08-04-09, 07:28 PM #1
Police: Bexar County "Deputy of the Year" was drunk and pulling people over in his patrol car
Police say early Sunday morning, the calls started coming in from concerned citizens, reporting a vehicle driving recklessly through San Antonio.
The callers all said the same thing: someone was inside the Constable's car, and whoever it was was drunk.
Now an officer -- 47-year-old Lt. Arthur MacCubbin, the unit's "Deputy of the Year" in 2006 -- has been arrested, charged with DWI and placed on administrative leave.
Witnesses say MacCubbin -- patrolling in a vehicle clearly marked with the constable's logo on the side -- was driving recklessly, turning the vehicle's emergency lights on and off and trying to pull people over. One witness tried to follow the peace officer in order to better report him. However, police say that witness ended up crashing into a curb at Potranco and Loop 1604.
The driver was not injured, and there was minimal damage to his car.
According to the police report, the deputy constable was "causing several disturbances throughout the night."
Police were finally able to catch up with the constable car at the turnaround at Loop 1604 and Culebra. That's when police discovered MacCubbin behind the wheel, and three other men in the car.
Those three men have been identifed as Derek Ybanez, 23, Eric Litherland, 21, and John Hill, 25. Police say the men had "bloodshot eyes, slurred speech, odor of intoxicants, and could not maintain their balance."
Ybanez, Litherland and Hill were arrested for public intoxication and taken to Bexar County Jail.
Lt. MacCubbin was arrested for DWI, and also taken to jail. His bond was set at $2,500.
MacCubbin works with Precinct 2 in the civil section. He's been with the constable's office for five years. Their website says he won "Deputy of the Year" in 2006.
He has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.
KENS 5 asked the spokesperson at the constable's office about the people MacCubbin allegedly tried to pull over, but the spokesperson said he was not told any details surrounding that part of the investigation.
08-05-09, 12:54 PM #2
08-05-09, 01:36 PM #3
Now he'll be awarded the "Drunk Deputy of 2009". And a supervisor no less.As today's police officers you are not unlike your counterparts of years past. You are an elite group of select members, a brotherhood of highly trained professionals, who are called upon to protect your community in a time of need. Guardians for safety. Being a police officer is not for the faint of heart. You must be honest, trustworthy and fearless in the face of evil. You are being watched everyday. Represent yourself, your department and the shield, for it should always be the embodiment of all that is good and justly. You are the thin blue line. Be proud, be tough and be safe.
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