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Grand jury indicts former Denton police officer on DWI charge

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By Megan Gray / Staff Writer

A patrol officer with the Denton Police Department for 15 years was indicted by a Denton County grand jury Thursday.

Andrew DeBerry was charged with driving while intoxicated stemming from an incident in Fort Worth last month. The charge was entered with the courts as a Class B misdemeanor.

Tim Powers, DeBerry’s attorney, said his client has fully cooperated with all requests from Denton police and remains a respected member of the community.

“My client welcomes the opportunity for his day in court and we are pleased all the facts regarding his arrest will be presented within the procedures of our Denton court system,” Powers said.

Sgt. Kelly Peel, public affairs supervisor for Forth Worth police, said DeBerry was pulled over July 13 at 2:55 a.m. in the 16000 block of FM156 before he was brought to jail for allegedly driving while intoxicated.

DeBerry, who was named Patrolman of the Year in 2008, had been on paid administrative leave since his arrest.

Denton Police Chief Lee Howell said DeBerry resigned July 31.

“I have reached my 20 years of public service and feel that now is the time to move on into the family business,” DeBerry stated in his resignation letter. “This was my plan 20 years ago, so I’m off to my new path in life.”

Howell said his resignation came in before the department’s internal investigation was compete, so no disciplinary action had been finalized.

Officials said a conviction for a Class B driving while intoxicated charge would result in the suspension of DeBerry’s peace officer license.

DeBerry spent 20 years in law enforcement, working for five years with the Denton County Sheriff's Office before coming to work patrol with Denton police.

MEGAN GRAY can be reached at 940-566-6885 and via Twitter at @MGrayNews.