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Grand Jury Indicts Two SAPD Sergeants

A current and former San Antonio Police Department sergeant have been indicted by a Bexar County grand jury on charges involving misappropriation of funds and tampering with evidence.

The charges stem from a call last February for an individual causing a disturbance -- the individual turned out to be Sgt. Joseph Myers. He is alleged to have crashed a city-owned truck into the barrier of Hwy 281 between Josephine and Mulberry Streets and leaving the scene.

Sgt. Myers was ordered taken to a clinic for a urine sample, where he is alleged to have used toilet water to dilute the specimen.

The administrative investigation of the events led to the discovery of missing funds from a cash reserve used to pay informants and to make undercover drug buys. The funds were managed by Sgt. Myers.

Sgt. Ramiro Garcia, one of the responding officers,to the scene where Myers was picked up, also was indicted for tampering with evidence for allegedly removing evidence from the truck driven into the highway barrier.

Sgt. Myers resigned after his arrest. Sgt. Garcia is still on the force. Two other officers were investigated but not indicted.

Tampering with evidence is a third degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Myers also faces up to 2 years in a state jail and a similar fine if found guilty of the misappropriation charge.

Eileen Pace is a veteran radio and print journalist with a long history of investigative and feature reporting in San Antonio and Houston, earning more than 50 awards for investigative reporting, documentaries, long-form series, features, sports stories, outstanding anchoring and best use of sound.