SANTA FE (AP) — The state Law Enforcement Academy board has suspended the certification of Mora County Sheriff Thomas Garza.
KRQE-TV reports that the board recently moved to suspend suspended Garza’s law-enforcement certification for four months and put him on probation for a year following a run-in with a deputy over a drunken-driving arrest.
The decision comes after the state Attorney General’s Office launched an investigating into Garza over allegations that he assaulted the deputy over the drunken-driving arrest of a friend of Garza’s. An audio recording presented to the board showed Garza trying to halt the arrest. The deputy said Garza ordered the man released.
With Garza suspended, his department has no certified deputies, so State Police are answering calls there.