Sonia Baker

Update: Ft. Worth Cop Quit before Chief Could Fire

Submitted by jrlaw on Dec 23rd, 2009

Fort Worth Police Officer Jesus Cisneros turned himself in to the police Monday, and was arrested for intoxication manslaughter after he killed Sonia Baker in a car accident earlier this month. He got out of jail on Tuesday after posting a $25,000 bond.


Investigators found Cisneros to be going twice the posted legal speed limit of 35 miles per hour at the time of the crash. He was also driving with a blood alcohol level of twice the legal amount of .08.
FWPD Chief Jeff Halstead told local news stations he was planning on firing Cisneros when he received the officer’s resignation.
Our firm, which is representing the Bakers, issued a statement to CBS-11.  “This is still a sad and tragic circumstance, and we are going to go to the ends of the earth to make sure anyone responsible is held fully accountable.”

Update: Ft. Worth Cop Was Drunk in Car Crash

Submitted by jrlaw on Dec 21st, 2009

Last week, we blogged about a car accident in Fort Worth involving an off-duty Fort Worth police officer. A blood test was administered to determine if the officer in question was intoxicated. Test results showed Officer Jesus Cisneros had a blood alcohol content of .17 -- more than twice the legal limit -- when his sports utility vehicle collided with a car driven by Sonia Baker. The legal blood alcohol content limit for operating a motor vehicle is .08.

Investigators will focus on intoxication manslaughter, police said, but some legal experts question whether that charge applies in this case. Police have suggested Baker may have been at fault in the accident because she pulled out from a stop sign into his path on Columbus Trail.

Cisnerso was placed on restricted duty until the investigation ends.

We will keep you up-to-date of any further developments involving this accident.

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