Investigation targets Jersey Village officer
Copyright 2007 Houston Chronicle
A Jersey Village police officer is being investigated for tampering with evidence and unlawful possession of a controlled substance after being found with drugs after he crashed his police car into a concrete highway support last month, according to a search warrant affidavit.
Robert LeRouax was found with prescription bottles marked by labels identifying them as evidence in a pending drug case.
According to the search warrant, LeRouax had 589 Xanax pills, a prescription anti-depressant and 596 grams of hydrocodone, a prescription pain medicine.
Harris County Assistant District Attorney Joe Owmby said he expected to file an arrest warrant for LeRouax late Tuesday. He said the warrant would be sent to Jersey Village where LeRouax would have the chance to surrender.
LeRouax could not be reached for comment Tuesday. No one answered the door at the address where the search warrant was executed.
The search warrant, for LeRouax’s blood and urine, was signed July 18, the day after LeRouax was in a one-car accident while on duty, at Highway 290 and Highway 529.
According to the warrant, officers at the scene observed LeRouax speaking aimlessly and slurring his speech. He seemed unsteady on his feet, they noted. Neither officer smelled alcohol.
Officers needed to retrieve an emergency defibrillator in his trunk and began looking for keys in LeRouax’s fanny pack. An officer saw the pill bottles in the pack.
The drugs were supposed to have been checked into the Jersey Village PD property room after LeRouax picked them up at the Harris County Medical Examiner’s office, where they were analyzed.