More details emerge about officer accused of DUI

An Action News 5 investigation uncovered more details tonight about a Memphis Police officer accused in a drunk driving crash.

Sergeant Miguel Aguila joined the Memphis Police force in April, 1996. The felony response detective is also a hostage negotiator, and a Spanish-English translator.

"We'll have to adjust," said Memphis Police spokesperson Sgt. Vince Higgins. "We have other hostage negotiators that are bilingual and the investigative aspect will not be suffered. We have other Latino officers, Spanish speaking officers that will be able to assist in those investigations."

According to his personnel file, Aguila has been disciplined at least 3 other times. In an April 2003 incident, he was also accused of drinking and driving. That resulted in a 20-day suspension that was later reduced to 15 days.

Mississippi Highway Patrol officers say Aguila caused a three car wreck while driving southbound in the northbound lane of Highway 61. Officers believe Aguila had been drinking, and charged him with Driving Under the Influence after he refused to take a DUI test.

No one was hurt in that wreck. Aguila was also charged with driving on the wrong side of the road and driving with no proof of insurance. All of the charges are misdemeanors.