A Denton County deputy constable resigned from his position Friday for medical reasons after he was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated early Thursday morning in Denton.
Deputy Constable Drew Paschall, who works in Precinct 4 Constable Tim Burch’s office, was stopped on the shoulder of the southbound Interstate 35E service road with the engine running and headlights on when a Denton officer spotted his vehicle, according to the arrest affidavit.
The officer described seeing a man slumped over the steering wheel of the vehicle and having difficulty waking up and responding to him. The officer indicated seeing an empty beer can in the back seat of the Ford Taurus Paschall was driving. When asked how many drinks he had consumed, Paschall indicated he was not sure, according to the affidavit.
After administering tests, Paschall was taken into custody and charged. He was released later Thursday after posting bond, said Precinct 4 Constable Tim Burch.
Burch said his office was concerned about Paschall when he did not arrive at work for regular duty on Thursday, adding he did not know what had happened until he was contacted by media.
“I’m very displeased with not being notified by Denton as is customary in law enforcement,” Burch said.
Paschall, who had worked in the Precinct 1 constable’s office prior to joining Birch’s staff on Sept. 8, 2014, has an extensive law enforcement career, Burch said. Precinct 4, based in Roanoke, serves southwest Denton County communities.
“I truly have lost a very valuable member of my team,” he said. “My prayers and sympathy are with the Paschall family.”