The Premiere Website For Police News In Texas

          




 

HOME PAGE

 

ABOUT US

 
SUBSCRIBE HERE
 

BUSINESS DIRECTORY

 
ADVERTISNG HERE
 

AMBER ALERTS

 

EVENTS

 

CONTACT US

 

CLASSIFIDE ADS

 

EMPLOYMENT

 

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT
2013

 

WE GET LETTERS

 

VISIT OUR SUBSCRIBERS

 

HELPFUL LINKS

 
TEXAS MOST WANTED
 

PHOTO GALLERY

 

RECORDED 
INTERVIEWS

 

ARCHIVES

 

POLICE TO CITIZEN

 

RECOMMENDED
READING

 

SOUND-OFF

 

YOUR WEATHER


 

Paperwork mistake leads to lesser charge for Friendswood police officer
Pearland, Texas
   
 
More Today's News:
ߦ   1st Annual Brazos County Law Enforcement Cook Off
ߦ   2 U.S. marshals, 1 NYPD detective wounded; fugitive killed [WATCH]
ߦ   Barn fire kills 6 horses in southeast Houston [WATCH]
ߦ   Chief's Weekly Report - Lytle Police Department
ߦ   Chief's Weekly Update - Lewisville Police Department
ߦ   City Council Report - City of League City
ߦ   Convenience Store Owner and Manager Sentenced for Running Massive Food Stamp Fraud Scheme
ߦ   Convicted child killer operating San Marcos towing company [WATCH]
ߦ   Deer hunter finds massive marijuana grow operation near Houston [WATCH]
ߦ   Deputy in bizarre foot chase, shoots tires on his own car
ߦ   Eddy County Sheriff's Deputy Honored by San Antonio police
ߦ   Floyd: What about those accused of paying bribes to John Wiley Price?
ߦ   Galveston Police to Increase Enforcement Efforts on Golf Carts
ߦ   Houston Police release composite of robber
ߦ   Judge: Deputy murdered man who disappeared in 2007
ߦ   La Marque Police Announce Citizen Police Academy Enrollment
ߦ   LAPD officer dies after off-duty crash [WATCH]
ߦ   League City man pleads guilty to murdering 2-month-old daugther
ߦ   Man killed in shootout with Hedwig Village Police [WATCH]
ߦ   Montogmery County Constable Captain Named Employee of The Month
ߦ   Murder on the Pipelines: Drug Cartels Turn Texas Oil Routes Into Killing Zones
ߦ   NPD will equip all marked patrol cars with video cameras, and require officers to wear body cameras and microphones.
ߦ   Rowlett, Texas, Man Arrested for Sending Hundreds of Hoax White Powder Letters
ߦ   Santa Fe man sentenced to 18 years for theft as a contractor
ߦ   Seguin Police jail 20 in gang sweep
ߦ   Tanker with Iraqi Kurdish crude cleared to unload cargo off Galveston
ߦ   Thrice-arrested police officer on paid leave
ߦ   Waco killer turns up in Houston/Galveston
ߦ   Bicyclist injured in collision with Galveston ambulance
ߦ   Blood discovered in home of missing woman [WATCJ]
ߦ   Cass County deputy serving warrant at time of fatal shooting [WATCH]
ߦ   Driver jailed in fatal Galveston Seawall wreck
ߦ   EMPLOYMENT - Law Enforcement
ߦ   Fire Alarms - Beaumont
ߦ   Five jailed in Galveston on charges of methamphetamine distribution
ߦ   Fugitive burglar shot in apartment complex fracus
ߦ   Homicide in Black and White
ߦ   Houston officer opens fire at wanted man hiding in trash can [WATCH]
ߦ   Largest Detention Center Proposed in Texas
ߦ   MOST WANTED - Galveston County Sheriff
ߦ   MOST WANTED - Texas City Police Department
ߦ   Officer's widow seeks answers in fatality
ߦ   Pull up those saggy pants
ߦ   Reward offered in 'poisoned' K-9's death
ߦ   Spider-Man Caught on Camera Punching Times Square Cop [WATCH]
ߦ   Important Message to Police News Readers
ߦ   30 Year Anniversary of the Death of Sergeant Ruben Almanza
ߦ   ADVERTISING INFORMATION ON THE POLICE NEWS
ߦ   Bob Gorsky still fighting for Dallas police officers 40 years later
ߦ   Body of Slain Cop Found, Husband Arrested

   Next >>
 
Search Archives:

A Friendswood police officer was arrested for DWI, but then convicted of a much lesser charge earlier this month.

A viewer tipped KHOU 11 News off to the case, worried that the officer was getting special treatment. But Brazoria County prosecutors say it comes down to a paperwork mistake.

Pearland Police confronted Friendswood Officer Fred Cramer when they saw his motorcycle lying in the road, last October. Cramer admitted he had come from a nearby bar, but refused a field sobriety test. Officers then got a warrant to draw his blood.

The results: a BAC of .264, three times the legal limit.

Despite that, Brazoria County District Attorney Jeri Yenne said, “I did not have the evidence to get to a DWI conviction.”

That’s mainly because of one mistake.

“The search warrant never authorized the taking of Mr. Cramer’s blood, in fact it authorized the taking of someone else’s blood,” Yenne said.

The arresting officer accidentally put down his own name instead of Cramer’s.

KHOU 11 News Reporter Alice Barr asked Yenne: “Some people are going to look at this and say, that they were trying to cut him a break.”

“Pearland is very assertive in crime prevention and Pearland has been criticized before for being too aggressive concerning other law enforcement agencies. No one gets treated any differently than anyone else,” said Yenne. “Do I believe this was an inadvertent error? Absolutely.”

So Yenne changed the charge to the easier-to-prove public intoxication and Cramer pleaded guilty to that in early June.

“His arrest needs to be forever public for DWI,” said Yenne. “There needs to be a disposition that he is a convicted public drunk, and then his employer can choose to do what the employer needs to do with that disposition.”

But Friendswood Police Chief Robert Wieners told KHOU 11 News they have to base disciplinary action on the evidence, too. So after their own internal review, Cramer was given a letter of reprimand in January, referred through substance abused counseling and put back on the streets.

KHOU 11 News asked Yenne if she thought the public was well-served by the outcome.

“I do because it’s important that ‘A,’ an officer, or other public servant be arrested when they commit a crime,” said Yenne. “And it’s important that his evidence be assessed, or her evidence, just like anyone else, it was.”

She added, “But sometimes you can’t change the facts.”

Pearland Police told KHOU 11 News simply, mistakes do happen and if they didn’t want a conviction, they never would have arrested Cramer.

Cramer chose not to talk to KHOU 11 News, but his attorney said he’s a former Marine who served two tours in Iraq and has been with Friendswood Police since 2007.



Comments:
Is there not enough thugs out there? This makes me SICK! Why would a cop arrest another officer for this type of minor offense.. There are tons of drunks driving every where any given night. What happened to professional courtesy. I know it's only one Pearland officer, But it reflects bad on the entire dept. The Pearland officer should be fired, If he can't even complete a search warrant correctly he has no business being a cop. Thank God the Friendswood officer got arrested by a cop that has no business being in law enforcement..
Posted by Old School at 6/27/2014 8:10:25 AM

This is a ridiculous, obvious, intentional screw up designed to protect this moronic officer. Who cares what he did in Iraq. He does not get a pass for the crime just because he served. He is a danger to the public.

Jeri Yenne is obviously incompetent.
Posted by YouKnowWho at 6/27/2014 10:28:29 PM

As the arresting Pearland officer never observed the Friendswood officer operating the
motorcycle it would have been impossible to obtain a DWI conviction anyway. The public intoxication charge was the best route to go.
Posted by BW at 6/29/2014 7:34:48 AM

People get DWI charges in cars all the time without the officer observing the operation of vehicle.
Posted by YouKnowWho at 6/29/2014 10:41:31 AM

Sitting in running car is by definition operating the vehicle, and is good enough for DWI.

You're right BW, no one saw Cramer driving, but a witness did stop who saw him leaving the bar and gave a witness statement. But let's not get caught up in facts.

Also, the arresting officer did not intentionally mess anything up. There's more than what meets the eye in this case, but some things are best left unsaid. Just know that the media is giving a one sided view in this one, along with every other story they partially report.
Posted by Nightshift at 6/29/2014 10:35:54 PM

Post a comment Name/Nickname:
(required)
Email Address: (must be a valid address)
(will not be published or shared)
Comments: (plain text only)
Printer Friendly Format  Printer Friendly Format    Send to a Friend  Send to a Friend    RSS Feed  RSS Feed
  Share   Share link on Twitter Tweet  
© 1999-2014 The Police News. All rights reserved.