MIAMI ( – A Miami-Dade Police officer and his supervisors are under an internal affairs investigation after the officer, Fernando Villa, was discovered passed out and drunk in his patrol car in the middle of an intersection in West Kendall.

But unlike a normal drunk driver arrest, Villa was not placed in handcuffs and booked into jail.

Instead, he had to simply sign a form promising that he would appear in court, according to CBS4 news partner the Miami Herald.

The move by the supervisors on scene to allow Villa to avoid jail contradicted an order from Miami-Dade Police Director Jim Loftus to treat Officer Villa like anyone else in that situation.

Director Lofftus released a statement late Friday afternoon addressing the Villa situation; it read in part:

On rare occasions, an officer will choose to stray from his/her ethical standards and commitment to protect and serve the public.  It’s disappointing and embarrassing when that occurs. This goes against the very grain of what we stand for and enforce, and it clearly demonstrates that no one is immune from apprehension for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Villa has been relieved of duty with pay while the internal affairs investigation is underway.

Villa had been a member of the Miami-Dade Police Department’s Special Response Team at one point in his career, the Herald reported.

Comments (18)
  1. Luis bonilla says:

    Fire both of these POS.

    1. Linda Smithing says:

      Should be suspended without pay!

      1. nicademus says:

        Suspended with pay!!! Isn’t that like a vacation? Fernando Villa, was discovered passed out and drunk in his patrol car in the middle of an intersection in West Kendall. Should be fired on the spot!!

  2. bckrd1 says:

    Always a double standard when law enforcement is guilty of breaking the law. They get a pass. Just wait, nothing meaningful will happen to him and he gets paid as well. B.S.

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  3. Beau says:

    Such B.S., It is amazing how certain people are treated in our society. If this would have been a ordinary citzen, He would have treated like, probably took a beating, caged like an animal and his world turned upside down. Is it because he is a cop or is he related to Linsay Lohan.

    Cops and other publc hired officials who break the law should get double the penalty, because they are hired to protect and serve, just like the penalties of someone who commits crimes againt cops and piblic officials.

    1. Luis bonilla says:

      That would never happen. Public officials and cops are heavily influenced in each other here in 3rd world South Florida. They are above the law.

  4. robert says:

    unreal! this is what we have out there protecting us? What? somebody tell me this is the best miami dade can do ? we need to start farming cops from up north down here.

  5. Javier says:

    If you want to Drive drunk or drive 120 MPH and not get arrested, become a Miami-Dade cop.

    1. grey goose bottle says:

      Your absolutely right!! We have a bunch of fools living in CUBA/MIAMI along with these so-called “COPS” and I use the term loosely. If you just graduated from high school and have no brains, become a Miami-Dead cop. This town a joke and the people are a joke along with all the police depts. This cop’s second job was the manager at the local liquor store.

  6. JakDaniels says:

    Grey, you are correct. If you like to get free drinks at the PBA, get a car to take home and drive to Sedanos and use the car as a bed… become a cop. Cops are the lowest form of a human you can find. Normally, hispanics that drive drunk get thrown in prison never to be seen again, but if you are a latin cop and drunk then you walk away suspended with pay. Si…

  7. ok says:

    Wow lots of anger understandable but to put all in the same barrel just pure hate because u wanted to be a cop

    1. JakDaniels says:

      If I were a person that could not put a thought together, I would consider the police force. It takes a real genius to get hired as a cop. If you have a pulse you are a sure thing to get hired.

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  9. Odalys Ramos says:

    A great example of the flagrant use of take home police cars.Sadly the public just sits back and accepts the waste of tax payer money. This town, county is a sad joke and it will be great to get out of here! Just as sad did anyone notice not a word from the mayor or shameless commissioners!!!!!!!!!!

  10. missourigirl says:

    Obviously he should have been charged and treated like any other DUI. It will probably get swept under the rug, now, though.

  11. tech says:

    Where was the Virginia Tech shooter when we needed him

  12. Cincinnatus says:

    Cops always get special treatment when they break the law. You or I would be jailed – cops get to cover up their errors because they think they are above the law. Hard to respect a group of people when they try to live under a different set of rules they promised to uphold.