Fernando Villa, Miami-Dade Cop, Arrested After Passing Out Drunk in Squad Car

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Update: According to his arrest report, Villa blamed his sluggish responses on a concussion he suffered at least 13 years ago while playing high school baseball.

It's hard to believe after ATV crashes and poop smeared squad cars, but Miami law enforcement hit a new low on Tuesday.

That's when cops discovered off-duty Miami-Dade police officer Fernando Villa passed out in his own patrol car as it idled in an intersection in West Kendall.

The worst part wasn't even that Villa was dressed in a t-shirt and shorts (that seems oddly appropriate). But rather that, as a member of the department's Special Response Team until a recent drug bust went wrong, he was supposed to be one of Miami's finest.

A fellow county cop discovered Villa passed out behind the wheel at 8:20 p.m. in the intersection of Southwest 137th Avenue and 137th Street, according to the Miami Herald.

But, this being Miami, the controversy doesn't end there.

Despite specific orders from Miami-Dade Police Director Jim Loftus to treat Villa "like everyone else," Villa was neither cuffed nor booked into jail as is standard DUI procedure. Instead, he was driven home after promising to appear in court.

"Someone along the line decided to depart from my specific directions,'' Loftus told the Herald. "We're going to discover the identity of the person or persons and hold them accountable."

Villa, a 32-year-old officer who normally patrols Kendall, has been suspended with pay as police conduct an internal investigation.

The fact that Villa was allowed to sign a promise-to-appear notice, which are usually reserved for misdemeanors and not serious offenses like DUIs, suggests that he might have received special treatment because he's a cop.

It also calls into question the wisdom of MDPD's roughly 2,700 take-home squad cars.

Villa was a member of the county's elite, heavily armed Special Response Team that shot and killed four robbery suspects -- including one cooperating defendant -- during a June 30 drug operation in the Redlands.

But Villa was transferred back to regular patrol duty after the botched drug raid, the Herald reports.

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Miami Beach cop Derick Kuilan shortly before his (allegedly) drunken escapades
The DUI incident is the latest in a string of embarrassments to hit Miami law enforcement.

First, Miami Beach cop Derick Kuilan nearly killed two people this July after allegedly plowing into them on his police ATV while taking a bachelorette for a boozy late-night joyride. He was fired and is awaiting trial on reckless driving and DUI charges.

Then there was the feud between Miami Police and the Florida Highway Patrol that culminated in one trooper getting his patrol car smeared with human feces.

Now Villa's arrest has thrown Miami-Dade police into the unprofessional mix as well.

Mark our words: It's only a matter of time until the Girl Scouts of Southern Florida are caught cooking vats of methamphetamine at a ranch in Hialeah.

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Shaggy
Shaggy

I would expect no less from the boys in blue and the court.  There's two different worlds in there.  I've asked cops face to face to enforce the handicapped parking laws and they've refused despite it being an easy $500 fine for the city coffers.

obbop
obbop

You mere commoners.

Respect the enforcement arms and bureaucracies created and used by our ruling masters, corporate USA, etc.

Know your place you mere commoner scum.

"There's class warfare, all right, Mr. (Warren) Buffett said, but it's my class, the rich class, that's making war, and we're winning."

"There has been class warfare going on," Buffett, 81, said in a Sept. 30 interview with Charlie Rose on PBS. It's just that my class is winning. And my class isn't just winning, I mean we're killing them."

You WILL obey and accept your lowly position within society.

Blokzhyvlennja
Blokzhyvlennja

They shot and killed a cooperating witness? Is there a word for that?

pigs
pigs

Lets not forget to also honor Miami Beach Sgt. Jesse Barrenechea....

Amarilys Sanchez
Amarilys Sanchez

It happens all the time between cops. We just don't see it. Can you really be surprise?

Mistrwrong
Mistrwrong

Well if it's any consolation, this happens everywhere.  I remember a few years ago when I lived up in DC, a Maryland cop was passed out in uniform in his squad car parked in a high school with his lights on drunk at 7 am.  It was his 3rd DUI.  The first time they dismissed the charges because he did not show up to his court hearing, and the second one was dismissed because he pleaded not guilty (yes you read that right).  

Juan R. Pollo
Juan R. Pollo

It was a prank. He passed out and his buddies stuck him in his car in an intersection. Ha, ha, what a bunch of jokers!

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