DPS Trooper Arrested on 5 Misdemeanors

Amarillo, TX - A Texas state trooper is accused of assaulting the same man three separate times.

Trooper Manuel Moreno Jr. is a drivers license trooper in Amarillo, and was picked up by the Randall County Sheriff's Department.

Moreno faces four counts of assault and one count of deadly conduct.

According to records obtained through Potter County, on January 4, 2009 Moreno assaulted another man. Then did the same on February 1, 2009 and also choked the man bringing the deadly conduct charge. The final incident occurred on April 12th when Moreno again assaulted the man twice.

Moreno has already posted a $12,500 bond out of Randall County.

DPS officials in Austin tell us, he has been placed on paid administrative leave until an internal investigation is complete. But his uniform and other issued equipment have been confiscated.

Potter County Attorney Scott Brumley was unavailable for comment Friday afternoon, and his office said they don't comment on pending cases.

At this time it is unclear what caused Moreno and the other man to fight on three separate occasions.