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Lubbock County constable surrenders peace officer license

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A deal with the district attorney has removed a Lubbock County constable from Texas law enforcement, permanently.

Lubbock County Constable Ronnie Vasquez resigned on December 31st.

The former elected official was arrested twice last year.

Back in November, Vasquez was accused of threatening a neighbor's friends with a baseball bat and yelling racial slurs, but because of the agreement, those charges won't be filed.

District Attorney Matt Powell says he worked out an agreement with Vasquez's lawyer Rod Hobson.

Vasquez agreed to surrender his peace officer certification for life and in exchange, the DA's office won't pursue any of the charges against him.

"Nobody will have to deal with him again," Powell said.

Powell tells us he can't speak for other states, but Vasquez will never carry a badge again in Texas

"In Texas he cannot get a peace officer certification ever, it's a relinquishment that's for life," he said.

In February, he was arrested and accused of criminal trespass and simple assault.

In November, police say he threatened a neighbor's friend with a baseball bat, and played racial you tube videos after a dispute over his child's toy.

The officer who responded reported a strong odor of alcohol on Vasquez's breath.

"It certainly brought to my attention again when Constable Vasquez was drinking and there were issues there, that we needed him out of office," Powell told us.

Powell admits the criminal case against Vasquez wasn't the strongest and he says that's part of the reason for the deal.

Even though criminal charges won't be filed, Powell is glad citizens reported the incident to authorities.

"Because of their actions and the way they handled themselves it's helped us today to help us remove him from office," he said.

The people who were threatened told us over the phone that they're just glad Vasquez was removed from office.

Vasquez did not return calls or answer when we knocked on his door.

Constables are elected by the people of the county. It is up to Lubbock County Commissioners to decide whether to appoint a new constable or have other officials take over Vasquez's duties for the remainder of 2012.

Only two persons have signed up to run for election for Constable in Precinct 3. They are Marina L. Garcia and Richard Mendez, both running as Democrats.

On the Republican side, Constables Paul Hanna, Joe Pinson, and Carroll Allen Thomas have all signed up to run for re-election. Jay A. McCormick has signed up to challenge Hanna in Precinct 1.

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