An off-duty Waco police officer was arrested on a charge of driving while intoxicated after he crashed his car Thursday afternoon near Robinson, Texas Department of Public Safety trooper Sgt. David Roberts said.

Officer Patrick Joseph McKnight, who turned 39 Friday, was arrested by DPS troopers outside the city limits of Waco, Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said. McKnight, of Robinson, was arrested and taken to McLennan County Jail on the Class B misdemeanor charge.

According to booking information, a trooper arrested McKnight at about 3:30 p.m. near Farm-to-Market Road 3400 and Estella Lane in Robinson. Roberts said McKnight crashed a 2008 Ford pickup truck as he traveled north on F.M. 3400, which is also called University Parks Drive. The truck skidded off the roadway and struck a fence, Roberts said.

McKnight was not injured in the crash. The trooper arrested McKnight after he attempted a series of field sobriety tests, Roberts said. Authorities also took a blood sample, but results of a test were not available Friday, he said.

"We know as officers we are not above the law," Swanton said in a statement. "As any citizen should be, we too will be held accountable for our actions. Obviously, as a department we are extremely disappointed anytime one of our employees puts themselves in a position for this to happen."

McKnight, who has been a Waco officer since 2009, will be placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the case, per police protocol, Swanton said.

McKnight was released from custody late Thursday night after posting a bond listed at $1,000.

Kristin Hoppa has been covering public safety and breaking news for the Tribune-Herald since January 2016. She worked in Northwest Missouri covering crime-related issues before her move to Central Texas. She is a University of Kansas graduate.

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