Merced Police Officer Facing DUI Charges

January 27, 2009 4:53:50 PM PST
A Merced Police Officer is facing charges for suspicion of driving under the influence.Detective Hector Ortiz was off duty when a California Highway Patrol Officer pulled him over on January 10th. Ortiz was booked into jail after a breath test found his blood alcohol content to be above the legal limit.

The detective was placed on leave -- but returned to work for the first time Tuesday. Detective Ortiz is set to appear in court in March.

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