Officer was allegedly driving a department vehicle in uniform
A 16-year veteran of the Pearland Police Department was charged Saturday with driving while intoxicated, according to the department.
Officer Michael Gebert “was in uniform and driving a department patrol vehicle at the time of the incident,” the department reported.
As a result of the incident, the department as opened an internal affairs investigation. Gebert, 42, was immediately placed on administrative leave.
“I am disappointed one of our officers is the subject of a criminal investigation,” Chief of Police Johnny Spires said in a written statement. “I can assure the citizens we will conduct a thorough investigation into the allegations, keeping in mind the officer is entitled to the same due process as any other citizen.”
Gebert originally joined the department in 2001, and has earned recognition for the quality of his work throughout the years.
“I believe he was the traffic division officer of the year one year,” said Department Spokesman Capt. Onesimo Lopez.