AULICH, Texas (AP) The state attorney general’s office is considering filing a civil lawsuit against a former state trooper who is accused of driving while under the influence of alcohol and driving with a suspended license.
Attorney General Scott Pruitt announced the move Tuesday, saying it was in response to an incident that happened in July when a former Austin police officer was arrested for DUI.
A civil suit against the former officer is not uncommon, but Pruitt said the agency has not seen such a case before.
In a statement, a spokeswoman for the attorney general said the state will pursue civil penalties against the officer and other officers who may have committed similar violations.
The attorney general declined to elaborate on the circumstances of the incident.
The attorney general, in his statement, said he was seeking to protect public safety and ensure that those who violate the law are held accountable.
A spokesperson for the state attorney generals office said Tuesday that the department is not considering filing an action in the case.
The case against the Austin officer was filed in July by the former Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper James Bowers.
A civil lawsuit has not been filed against the current officer.