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Officer arrested for DWI near shooting scene

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A rookie Dallas police officer was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving early Wednesday morning after he nearly hit two squad cars near the scene of Tuesday's officer-involved shooting in south Dallas.

Officer Matthew Gaines was off-duty and in his personal car when he was arrested at about 5:30 a.m., according to Dallas police.

Police first noticed Gaines' vehicle on 2nd Avenue, between Bruton and Dixon, driving on the wrong side of the road with its light off.

A police report says Gaines' car nearly swerved into a marked DPD squad car near the intersection of Dixon and 2nd avenues.

The report says the officer followed Gaines' car, which nearly drove off the road twice, then almost collided with a marked Dallas County Sheriff's vehicle.

Officers pulled Gaines over at a gas station at Dixon and 2nd avenues, and the report says Gaines was "dazed and confused" and "thick-tongued."

Gaines admitted he'd been drinking beer at a friend's house in Balch Springs, and he told police he was going home to Forney. The report says he thought he was still in Balch Springs.

Gaines is assigned to the Southeast Patrol Division and has been an officer since September 2010.

He was released from jail on a $500 bond, according to the sheriff's office.

It is not clear if Gaines was on duty yesterday when scores of police officers were called to the shooting scene on Bourquin Street, just a few blocks from where Gaines was arrested.

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