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Nevada detective fired for driving drunken patrol car with guns inside: report


A Nevada police officer has been fired after apparently driving his patrol car drunk with liquor bottles and firearms found inside the vehicle.

Mesquite Police Detective. Gustavo Garcia, 35, was arrested in his unmarked patrol car in Kingman, Arizona, after a caller reported he was driving 30 miles per hour on a freeway with a speed limit of 65, KVVU-TV reported.

Garcia was “dizzy” when he got out of the car and had trouble “keeping his balance,” according to an Arizona Department of Public Safety report obtained by the outlet.

Another soldier reportedly helped save Garcia from falling, and blood tests showed his blood alcohol level was 0.24, three times the legal limit.

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Mesquite police car
(City of Mesquite, Nevada website)

A bottle of Jagermeister Cold Brew Coffee and a full bottle of Jagermeister liquor were found inside the Chevy Equinox, an “unmarked patrol vehicle issued by the City of Mesquite Department,” according to the report.

Two firearms were also found inside the vehicle – a Glock 17 9mm service weapon and a Glock 19 pistol, believed to be personal property of Garcia.

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Mesquite Police Department building in Mesquite, Nevada.

Mesquite Police Department building in Mesquite, Nevada.
(Google Earth)

“At the end of the internal investigation, Garcia was fired on Monday, January 9,” said Mesquite Police Sgt. Wyatt Oliver told KVVU-TV in a statement.

“Anytime an officer commits a crime, it is unacceptable, hurtful and extremely disheartening,” Mesquite Police Chief Maquade Chesley said in a statement after Garcia was arrested for impaired driving in november.

“Not only do their actions betray the public trust, they damage the reputation of our entire profession.”

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Kingman, Arizona historic road sign on entering town.

Kingman, Arizona historic road sign on entering town.
(Visions of America/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

Fox News Digital reached out to city of Mesquite officials for comment, but did not immediately receive a response.

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