Dallas police sent out a bare-bones press release this morning announcing that officer Matthew Gaines, who has been with the department for two years, is on administrative leave after being arrested at about 5:30 a.m. It didn't give any additional details like where he was arrested. I had no luck finding an incident report in DPD's clunky public access system, and the charges haven't showed up in the county's system either. I called DPD's media relations office, coming away with the impression that they were busy with other things. Finally, they gave me the number for the arrest report, from which I learned that his middle name is Lynn.
Never mind, because Fox 4 has the details. Gaines, the TV station reported, had been drinking at a friend's house in Balch Springs and was driving home to Forney. He thought he was still in Balch Springs where he nearly struck a marked DPD squad car parked at Dixon and 2nd Avenue, a few hundred feet from where James Harper was shot last night, nearly drove off the road twice, then narrowly missed hitting a Dallas County sheriff's vehicle. He was arrested and booked into jail, charged with driving while intoxicated.
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Gaines will remain on administrative leave pending completion of criminal and internal affairs proceedings. He's out of jail on a $500 bond.