DALLAS (AP) — A Dallas police officer has his job back after being fired when patrol car dashboard video showed him punching an alleged drunken driver.

The Dallas Morning News (http://bit.ly/1CbhrSx ) reports Rene Villanueva was reinstated Thursday.

Jurors in December acquitted Villanueva of assault and official oppression after the driver in the 2013 incident was deported and did not show up for court. Investigators say Ambrosio Monsavais pleaded guilty to aggravated assault of a public servant, DWI and evading arrest in connection with the incident.

Villanueva had worked as a patrolman since 2007 but was fired a year ago after being indicted.