Brownwood Chief of Police reacts to officer's DWI arrest

Brownwood police react to DWI arrest of one of their own

BROWNWOOD, Texas - Brownwood Chief of Police Mike Corley said an internal investigation is underway for an officer who was arrested for allegedly driving while intoxicated.

"I got a text the night that it happened," said Chief Corley. "Of course, my first reaction was disappointment, and still is."

40-year-old Danny Hutchins was arrested Wednesday night for speeding and failing to stay in a single lane. A report stated that Hutchins' breath smelled of alcohol and he performed poorly on sobriety tests.

The arrest was made on U.S. Hwy 67, near the Oasis nightclub and the Law Enforcement Center.

Chief Corley said the situation has caused some tension in the police department. He also said Hutchins is innocent until proven guilty.

The penalties for Hutchins range anywhere from a reprimand to a severe suspension, but it is too early to decide. Hutchins is currently placed on administrative duty. "He is going to get paid but he is going to be here doing work. It just won't be the work of a police officer."

Chief Corley said he expects his team to be accountable for their actions. "I expect our code of conduct to be adhered to and if you don't, then yes there are consequences to that behavior. I want our officers to make good decisions, not 80% of the time, not 90% of the time, but 100%."

Hutchins, who has served the Brownwood Police Department for 12 years, had to give up his badge and police powers on Friday. He bonded out on Thursday for $2,500.

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