Selma officer arrestedPublished 10:31pm Saturday, January 19, 2013
A Selma Police Officer, who was nearing the end of his probationary period, has been arrested and charged with driving under the influence while off duty early Saturday morning.
According to a department press release, Officer Christopher Michael Jacobs, 31, who has been employed with the department less than a year, was involved in a 2-vehicle accident on Citizens Parkway at Woodrow Avenue.
“There weren’t any injuries,” Selma Chief of Police William T. Riley said. “Upon investigating the traffic accident, officers discovered [Jacobs] to be under the influence of alcohol.
Jacobs was driving his personal vehicle when involved the accident.
Riley said Jacobs was charged with driving under the influence at the scene of the accident, transported to the Selma Police Department, where he was booked, processed and then transported to the Dallas County Jail.
He was placed in jail under a $1,000 bond, which he later posted and was released.
“Law enforcement officers are held to a higher standard than the public. There can be no compromise on these high expectations. It is important to maintain public trust. Even though law enforcement officers are human, certain things we just can not do,” Riley said. “Drinking and driving drunk is a serious issue and very dangerous to the public. This is unacceptable. Even though criminal action has been taken, the department will conduct an internal investigation as well.”
Jacobs was immediately placed on administrative leave with pay pending an investigation.