Albuquerque Police Review DWI Case Processes

The Albuquerque Police Department is conducting a new internal investigation following the dismissal of around 200 DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) cases. One of the main subjects of the investigation is a lieutenant from the internal affairs division who has since been reassigned to another role. Meanwhile, five other officers have been placed on paid administrative leave.

The investigation is connected to the federal probe into how the Albuquerque police handle DWI cases. The focus is on the actions of both former and current officers dealing with DWI cases. Police Chief Harold Media has put Cmdr. Kyle Hartsock in charge of the investigation.

No formal charges have been laid against any of the officers under investigation since the FBI initiated its probe into Albuquerque’s DWI cases. Another APD commander from internal affairs is under internal investigation after being placed on paid administrative leave.

The Bernalillo County District Attorney’s Office, citing no other option, has confirmed the dismissal of nearly 200 DWI cases up until Friday, Feb. 16.

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