City suspends Pineland Police officer after DWI arrest

Thomas Wright mug shot courtesy of Jasper County Jail.
Thomas Wright mug shot courtesy of Jasper County Jail.

PINELAND, TX (KTRE) - By Jeff Awtrey - email

PINELAND, Texas (KTRE) - A Pineland Police officer who was arrested in Jasper Wednesday morning for driving while intoxicated has been suspended, according to the Pineland Police chief.

Chief Kenneth Isaacks said the arrest of Thomas Benjamin Wright, 34, of Porter, has caught him completely off-guard.

"He's great at what he does," Isaacks said. "Just a great officer."

According to the police report, officers were dispatched to Econo Lodge, located at 612 West Gibson St., at 4:30 a.m. Wednesday, in reference to a man eating the continental breakfast, even though he was not staying at the motel.

When officers questioned Wright, he told them he was a Pineland Police officer then fled the motel, according to the report.

Officers followed Wright in his car and say he sped on South Wheeler Street and could not stay in a single lane. They pulled him over and had him take field sobriety tests, which he failed, according to the report.

The officers arrested Wright on the DWI charge.

Wright has been a full-time officer with the force since March 2010, Isaacks said. He said the suspension is pending the conclusion of an internal investigation.

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