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MIAMI (AP) - Internal affairs is investigating why an off-duty Miami-Dade police officer wasn't taken to jail after, authorities say, he was found passed out drunk in his patrol car.

Police Director Jim Loftus says he gave explicit orders that 32-year-old Fernando Villa be treated like anyone else after he was found Tuesday at a West Kendall intersection. But the Miami Herald reports Villa was not handcuffed and booked into jail. Instead, he was allowed to go home after signing a form promising he would appear in court. Loftus says internal affairs will find out who altered his instructions.

"Promise to appear" notices are generally given for low-level misdemeanors, not felonies or DUIs. It wasn't immediately clear who drove Villa home.

Villa has been relieved of duty with pay pending an investigation.

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