Deputy arrested for DWI, possession

CEDAR PARK, Texas -- A Travis County sheriff's deputy was arrested on multiple charges over the weekend, according to a spokesperson with the Travis County Sheriff's Office.

Cedar Park police said Deputy James Bishop Sapp was arrested Sunday and charged with driving while intoxicated, unlawfully carrying a weapon and two charges of possession of a controlled substance.

According to an arrest affidavit, an officer stopped Sapp after noticing he was failing to drive within a lane of South Bell Boulevard around 11:37 p.m. Sunday. The officer said Sapp smelled of alcohol, handed the officer his credit cards instead of his driver's license and was swaying while standing. Sapp told the officer he had "consumed more [alcohol] than he should have," the affidavit states.

The affidavit states the officer also found two pills in Sapp's pocket, identified as Clonazepam and Alprazolam, which are prescription pills used to treat anxiety and panic disorders. Police said Sapp also had a pistol with six rounds and one loaded in the chamber in his vehicle.

The possession charges are categorized as penalty group 3, which includes controlled substances such as Valium, Xanax, Ritalin and under 300 milligrams of hydrocodone, according to a Texas law firm.

Roger Wade with the Travis County Sheriff's Office said Monday that the office has issued a termination notice for Sapp.

Sapp was booked in the Williamson County Jail and released on bond.


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