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Attorney calls charges against doctor 'Salacious facts that are totally in dispute'

Attorney questions accuracy of police report
Posted at 3:40 PM, Mar 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-09 20:08:28-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The attorney representing a local doctor arrested for public intoxication is vehemently denying the accuracy of the police report.

Attorney Joe Flores isn't denying that his client, Dr. Rafael Garcia, was arrested for public intoxication at a Lamesa hospital in January.

But he is questioning the accuracy of some of the information from Lamesa police, or what he calls 'salacious facts that are totally in dispute.'

"The police report casts a far different picture than the reality," Flores said. "It doesn't say that he was asleep. It doesn't say that he was in his own room. It doesn't say that he was extremely intoxicated. It mentions that he may have been on-call. He was not."

Flores further questions what police said witnesses told them: that Garcia was being belligerent and walking around in the public area of the emergency room in only his underwear.

"The way the report reads, he was out there of his own volition, in underwear, in a common area, and that is simply not true," Flores said.

Garcia was also booked on an outstanding warrant for criminal mischief out of Ector County.

Flores points out that Garcia self-reported the events of Jan. 5 to the Texas Medical Board. A month later, the board temporarily suspended his license .

Hospital administration sent Garcia a text, which read in part: "I understand that there may be some inaccurate information that has been supplied to the press. Please know that our hospital district has not given any information out that is not factually correct."

One of Garcia's co-workers wrote to the medical board saying: "I was very appalled when I read the articles released. They were false and misleading."

Flores said Garcia's license could be re-instated within one-to-two months.

And the public intoxicaton charge could be dismissed after a pre-trial agreement.