LAPD Officer Charged Friday in 2018 DUI Crash

A 2018 car accident that injured two people in Palmdale, California came a little closer to resolution Friday when a Los Angeles Police Department officer was charged with the accident on Friday, according to reports from KTLA 5

The officer, who was off-duty at the time of the accident, was arrested in 2018 following a collision at the Lamont Odett Vista Point scenic lookout. He’d been driving a 2017 Honda Accord northbound on State Route 14 when he lost control and crashed into a parked 2017 Mitsubishi sport-utility vehicle with two occupants, one male and one female. Both were severely injured in the crash and were rushed to Palmdale Regional Medical Center, according to the California Highway Patrol. It is unknown whether the officer was injured in the accident. 

The officer involved was charged with one count each of driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage causing injury and driving with a .08% blood alcohol content causing injury, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office on Friday. If convicted of both charges, he could face up to nine years in prison according to the District Attorney’s office. 

No reason was given for the two-year gap between his initial arrest and these latest charges. He was scheduled to be arraigned Friday afternoon and the case remains under investigation by the California Highway Patrol.

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