By LeaAnne Klentzman
That barricade was set up at the intersection of Dairy Ashford and US 90A, just blocks away from a tanker truck explosion, that area fire and law enforcement personnel were fighting.
According to Stafford police department spokesman Raphael Virata Stafford, police were called to assist the Sugar Land police with traffic control along the perimeter of the fire site about 11:30 on Thursday night. Virata said that Lund approached the intersection where Stafford officer Michael Ramirez was blocking traffic and drove around him.
Ramirez stopped Lund and determined he was impaired, believing him to be intoxicated. Sugar Land police were notified and asked that Stafford police continue with their investigation, said Virata. Michael Lund was arrested and booked into the Fort Bend County Jail for Driving While Intoxicated.
In a statement, Sugar Land police spokesman Doug Adolph said, “Captain Michael Lund has been placed on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of criminal investigations by Stafford PD and the Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office, as well as an administrative investigation by SLPD Internal Affairs.”
Lund is a 27 year police veteran with the Sugar Land Police Department who, up until this incident, was responsible for the Support Division which includes detention, recruiting and training, fleet and uniform services and records.
In that same fire incident another suspected DWI driver hit and totaled a Meadows Place police car as that officer was holding a north boundary perimeter on the freeway exit ramp to US 90A. That officer sustained a slight head injury, he is expected to make a full recovery. The car was a total loss.