Sweeny police chief arrested in Friendswood, accused of driving while intoxicated, officials say

Sweeny Police Chief John Barnard charged after being arrested for DWI in Friendswood on Feb. 21, 2021, according to Friendswood Police Department. (Friendswood Police Department)

FRIENDSWOOD, Texas – Sweeny police chief John Barnard was arrested Sunday after being accused of driving while intoxicated in Friendswood, according to Friendswood Police Department.

Barnard has been charged with unlawful carrying of a weapon and driving while intoxicated.

He was arrested at 1:31 a.m. in the 1500 block of West Parkwood Avenue, according to police records.

Officials said Barnard has been placed on administrative leave as the investigation is pending.

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