Miguel Barrera also charged with resisting arrest

Christopher Maher, Jim Wells County Correspondent

The son of Duval County Sheriff Santiago Barrera Jr. was arrested in San Diego Friday night, after he allegedly struggled with officers who were detaining him for public intoxication.

According to San Diego Police Department reports, officers stopped a white Dodge pickup truck in the 100 block of South Travis Street shortly before 9 p.m. Friday for having an obstructed license plate.

The driver of the truck, identified later as Gilbert Valerio, allegedly had a strong smell of alcohol and slurred speech when officers spoke with him.

According to the report, while one officer was questioning Valerio another officer allegedly observed a passenger in the vehicle, identified as Miguel Daniel Barrera, 42, the son of Duval County Sheriff Santiago Barrera Jr., place an unknown object in his mouth and attempted to swallow it.

Barrera allegedly attempted to exit the truck and began struggling with the two officers, who subdued him and placed him in handcuffs.

Barrera refused any medical treatment and officers were unable to determine what he had swallowed, according to the report.

Barrera was arrested and charged with public intoxication and resisting arrest.

Valerio was also arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated.

A third occupant of the vehicle, identified as Albert Martinez, 43, was also arrested for public intoxication, and for possession of a controlled substance, when a small bag of a white, powdery substance believed to be cocaine was found in his pockets.

All three men were transported to the Jim Wells County jail.

Barrera was later released on $1,100 bond, Valerio was released on $3,500 bond and Martinez was released on $1,300 bond, jail officials said Monday.