Roy Marquez: DWI Cop Gets Hit with DWI

HPD Sgt. Roy Marquez, DWI cop
HPD Sgt. Roy Marquez, DWI cop

A veteran Houston DWI cop has been charged with DWI after he ran a red light and tests showed he had a .127 blood-alcohol, according to court documents.

Sgt. Roy Marquez, 37, was arrested on his birthday Sunday after a non-injury accident at the intersection of Red Bluff and the Beltway 8 frontage road in Pasadena.

He told cops he had had two beers at a friend's house, the documents show, but officers detected "the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his breath," along with "red, watery eyes, slurred speech and a sway."

Marquez, a ten-year HPD veteran who serves in traffic enforcement dealing with DWIs, refused a breath test.

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"Due to the fact that Marquez was a police officer," the court documents say, the investigating officer "asked if he had a weapon on him or in his vehicle. Marquez advised [the officer] that he had a handgun in the driver's-side door pocket of his wrecked vehicle."

The gun was actually found on the dashboard, the court documents say.

He's been suspended with pay pending an internal investigation.

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