TEXAS CITY

A Texas City police officer accused of driving drunk told investigators he’d begun sipping Jack Daniels, a gift from a passing motorist, only after he’d crashed his personal car, according to a probable cause affidavit released Friday.

Officer Taide Ali Pineda, 23, told investigators he had not been drinking and crashed because he swerved to avoid a red Kia that had cut him off, according to the affidavit.

Pineda was charged with driving while intoxicated, a Class B misdemeanor, in November after fellow officers reported finding him beside the road in his personal car, officials said.

Officers were responding to a call about a vehicle going off the road in the 2300 block of Loop 197 South, when they found Pineda, who was off duty, in a ditch along the road, officials said.

Investigators found an open bottle of Jack Daniels beside the road, according to the affidavit.

An officer reported Pineda’s speech was slow and that he smelled of alcohol, according to the affidavit.

Pineda told officers that a motorist passing after the crash had stopped and given him the bottle of Jack Daniels, and that he had take several sips, according to the affidavit.

Pineda was driving his car at the time of the crash and it was the only thing damaged, officials said.

Pineda provided two breathalyzer samples that tested his blood alcohol at 0.126 and 0.117, both above the legal limit of .08, according to the affidavit.

Department leaders relieved Pineda of duty and launched an internal affairs investigation, officials said. They will make a final decision on his employment after the criminal case concludes.

Pineda has been an officer with the Texas City Police Department for more than a year.

Matt deGrood: 409-683-5230; matt.degrood@galvnews.com

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(8) comments

Carlos Ponce

Check the bottle of Jack Daniels for prints to identify the generous person who allegedly gave him the booze. That witness could verify if the alcohol was provided post accident. In the meantime, can Pineda provide a description of the "Good Samaritan" or the automobile he or she drove? A "Good Samaritan" couldn't be that good if he or she did not call 911 or sought help for Pineda. Proof of this would also bolster his case. With all these paths to exonerate him it should be easy to verify his story .... or not if he's making it up. Drunks make up interesting tales. Were there pink elephants involved?

James Lippert

REALLY scary that the City of Texas City would put a gun in Mr. Pineda's hand & a badge on his chest and pay him tax dollars to go out and "protect the public". If he is foolish enough to file such a clearly bogus statement as part of his DWI arrest everything else he has ever stated in the court of law has reason for challenge.

Jack Cross

Mr. Lippert, you don't know the officer's record or background, and you would be rejected from serving on a jury. What has meaning is how the chief handles the situation.

Gary Scoggin

I agree, Jack

Wayne Holt

If his claim is shown to be spurious (I'll lay $100 it is), I think he may have a bright future in Hollywood screen writing.

Speaking of prejudging someone: whatever else may be said, a police officer who is involved in an accident who would sit in the vehicle drinking alcohol while waiting for police to arrive either has normal judgement so impaired without alcohol as to warrant questioning his on-the-job performance with the public...or thought he would be able to get out of a pinch since he was LEO.

Neither of those scenarios would be an encouragement for his continued employment. Kudos to the officers on-scene and the chief for expeditious handling of our budding playwright

Charles Douglas

One of the things about being a public servant .....and especially a police officer, is an individual must work awful hard to become one. What many fail to realize is once you've climbed the mountain of local, and state requirements needed to strap on that weapon, and have a loved one pin that badge on you during the swear-in ceremony, one must focus 3 times as hard to KEEP THEM on for an entire career! An Ole experienced highly ranked local police staff person told me some years back at graduation from the police academy ...something that held true throughout my career as a public servant, and as a first responder in Houston. That individual told me this, "Throughout your career Officer Douglas, you are going to meet many, many women, who will approach you simply because of that Badge and GUN you carry, but it only takes ONE of them to GET that BADGE and GUN, taken away from you!" I know the hard work, sacrifice, study, preparation, and qualifications needed to be a first responder, and I would advise any young person choosing such a career to always stay alert , be professional, and operate with integrity all the time! A public servant must be trusted by the public! One loose, lack of good judgement, or failure to follow training, procudure, or protocol could cost you your job and even your hard earned career in that field.

Doug Sivyer

I thought I had had them all! A passersby gave him the JD? Hilarious!

LAFAYETTE MCKINNEY

They dont test for integrity at the academy. Police officers are regular everyday people from all walks of life. Which makes the majority of them unfit to have authority. That's why we have so many issues with police. Most of them are closet criminals trying to police communities.

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