Brownsville firefighter charged with DWI

A Brownsville firefighter is out a $2,500 personal recognizance bond following his arrest on a DWI charge.

Guadalupe Salinas, 37, showed signs of intoxication when questioned by Brownsville police, said investigator Martin Sandoval, spokesman for the Brownsville Police Department.

The incident occurred at about 5:20 a.m. Saturday at the Courtyard Marriot, located at 3955 N. Expressway 77 in Brownsville.

Brownsville Fire Chief Jarrett Sheldon on Monday said he was not ready to comment on Salinas’ arrest since he was still looking into the matter.

Sandoval said police went to the location in reference to a call of a “subject down” inside a black Dodge Charger blocking a parking stall. The caller told police that the Charger was blocking another vehicle that was trying to get out of the parking lot stall.

The officers located the Charger toward the back of the parking lot, and when contact was attempted, the vehicle started to roll forward, Sandoval said.

The officers told Salinas to stop the vehicle and he did. When they asked him for his driver’s license, he gave it to the officers along with his Brownsville firefighters ID badge, Sandoval said.

“The officer noticed Salinas had signs of intoxication. The officer asked Salinas to step out, and Salinas stepped out but leaned on the vehicle for balance,” Sandoval said.

Salinas refused to perform the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests and was immediately taken into custody, and once in handcuffs, he told the officers he needed medical attention and was transported to the hospital, Sandoval said.

Salinas was transported to the hospital and asked if he would provide a sample of his blood but he refused to do so, Sandoval said. A warrant was obtained, and a sample was collected.

Once Salinas was released from the hospital he was transported to the Brownsville City Jail and arraigned Sunday.