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Undercover Officer Cleared of DWI

By Jeff Proctor
Journal Staff Writer
    An undercover State Police officer on Wednesday was found not guilty of a drunken driving charge stemming from a January incident in Northwest Albuquerque, authorities said.
    Officer John Lytle was cleared of DWI first offense after a bench trial in front of Metropolitan Court Judge Daniel Ramczyk, according to police.
    Lytle, 34, was arrested about 8 p.m. Jan. 10 in the 800 block of Fruit NW, court records show. He was sitting in an unmarked State Police pickup truck with another officer, which Albuquerque police deemed "suspicious behavior."
    Albuquerque Police Department officers administered field sobriety tests on Lytle and later took him into custody.
    The two officers were in a parking lot while working on an undercover operation in the neighborhood, State Police spokesman Peter Olson said Wednesday. Olson declined to say what type of operation the officers were engaged in.
    After his arrest, State Police officials placed Lytle, a five-year veteran of the force, on "administrative duties," Olson said.
    "We're going forward with some other sanctions (against Lytle) at this point, but I don't know exactly what those are," he said Wednesday. He did not know Lytle's employment status.
    The other officer, who has not been named, also was placed on "administrative duties," Olson said at the time. It's unclear whether further action was taken against that officer.