Fort Wayne Police Officer retires after Drunk Driving Conviction

Updating this recent post, Fort Wayne Police Sgt. Santiago "Jim" Zamora, officially retired from the Fort Wayne Police Department, after 34 years. Sgt. Zamora was arrested in August 2011 for Operating While Intoxicated (DUI/OWI) after crashing into a train near the intersection of Van Buren and Greeley Streets. Zamora pled guilty to Operating While Intoxicated (Endangering A Person) and was sentenced on December 16, 2011 to one year in the Allen County Jail, all of which was suspended and he was placed on probation. Additionally, he received a ninety day driver's license suspension.

Despite this arrest, Zamora had a distinguised career with the Fort Wayne Police Department, beginning in 1977. According to Fort Wayne Police Chief Rusty York, Zamora "was an asset to the department most of his career; he was a tremendous liaison to the Hispanic community, and encouraged several young Hispanics to look into careers with the Fort Wayne Police Department."

While Zamora had the option to retire after his lengthy service, many people charged and convicted of Drunk Driving (DUI/OWI) or other crimes do not have this option. Many people lose their jobs or are unable to find work due to the driver's license suspension and/or a criminal conviction. Getting an experienced criminal defense attorney involved to defend against criminal charges in the beginning is the best course of action.

Gregory A. Miller is a Fort Wayne Criminal Defense Lawyer, he can be reached at (260) 833-7249.