Internal investigation focuses on Santa Fe captain

Posted at: 04/27/2013 5:33 PM
Updated at: 04/27/2013 7:07 PM
By: Jeffery Gordon,

nullA Santa Fe police captain has been accused of releasing a seized truck to a three-time drunk driving suspect.

KOB Eyewitness News 4’s media partners at the Santa Fe New Mexican report captain Aric Wheeler is the focus of an internal affairs investigation.

Documents obtained by the paper say Wheeler allowed suspect Carlos Carillo to get his pickup from the city impound lot.

Carillo was arrested earlier this month for aggravated DWI.

The city attorney’s office say Wheeler isn’t authorized to allow such a release.

Wheeler maintains the investigation will show no wrongdoing.

"I respect that investigation I actually welcome that investigation because I  am confident that once the investigation is concluded that I will be exonerated of any and all wrongdoing, “Wheeler said.

KOB Eyewitness News 4 has been told the truck in question has been re-seized by the Santa Fe Police Department.