Off-duty sheriff’s employee arrested, placed on leave

EDINBURG — An Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office detention officer has been placed on administrative leave after his arrest for public intoxication and evading arrest, according to a statement from the department.

Detention officer Ernesto Ruiz, who was off duty, was arrested about 1:47 a.m. Friday by Edinburg Police on the intoxication and evading arrest charges. No other details of the arrest were immediately available.

Ruiz was placed on administrative leave with pay pending the investigation, according to the statement.

“In the continued effort to maintain accountability and police distinction, we will investigate any and all allegations of employee malfeasance,” the sheriff’s office statement said. “Public safety is our priority, and the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office is committed to preserving the public’s confidence and trust.”