Bastrop deputy arrested on DWI charge while on duty….

5:58 p.m. CST January 29, 2016

BASTROP, Texas — A Bastrop County Sheriff’s deputy was arrested Friday morning and charged with Driving While Intoxicated with an open container.

Fred Ensinger

According to the sheriff’s office, dispatchers heard Patrol Deputy Frederick “Fred” Ensinger talking over the radio with slurred speech and added he wasn’t making sense. The dispatchers told a supervisor around 8:30 a.m., who went out to find Ensinger.

The sergeant found Ensinger along the 100 block of Navasota Street in the River Chase Mobile Home Park. According to the affidavit, Ensinger’s patrol car was parked on the street with the engine running and headlights on. When the sergeant approached Ensinger, he said Ensinger’s breath smelled of alcohol. Upon searching his patrol unit, he found an open backpack on the front passenger seat, holding an open quart-sized bottle of vodka that was about 1/3 full of liquid. An empty bottle of prescription medication was also found with the alcohol.

Ensinger was arrested and taken to the Bastrop County Jail where deputies obtained a search warrant to collect a blood specimen from him. The affidavit states Ensinger voluntarily gave a breath sample but would not consent to give blood.

Bond for the 43-year old was set at $10,000 but Ensinger was released on his own recognizance, meaning he did not have to put up any money, but rather swore to show up for all proceedings regarding the charge.

In addition to serving as a sheriff’s deputy, Ensinger is running for Bastrop County Commissioner, Precinct 3. KVUE News reached out to his opponents for comment on his arrest. Candidate Marc Mulkey responded with the following statement:

“My wife and I are saddened to hear about this situation and we’re praying for Fred and his family as they work through this difficult time.”

The sheriff’s office said Ensinger has been employed with them since May 2015, when he started as a jailer. He transferred to the patrol division in September 2015.