Officer Faces Murder Charge After Alleged DUI Accident

The Los Angeles Patch reports that an LAPD officer is facing murder charges after an alleged DUI crash killed 3 people. 

Last Thursday, a former Los Angeles Police Department officer was ordered to stand trial on murder charges. The murder charge, as well as other charges, stem from a high-speed crash that killed three people on the 605 Freeway almost two years ago. 

28-year-old Edgar Verduzco has remained in jail since his arrest in April of 2018. He is facing three counts of murder and vehicular manslaughter and driving with a blood-alcohol level of 0.08 causing injury. 

On September 26th, 2017, Verduzco was allegedly speeding in his 2016 Chevrolet Camaro when he plowed into a 2014 Nissan and then into a 2010 Toyota Scion. Three people were killed when one of the vehicles that Verduzco crashed into then collided with a center divider and burst into flames. 

At the time of the crash, Verduzco was allegedly traveling at a speed of 151 m.p.h. A witness and a CHP officer said that they smelled alcohol on Verduzco’s breath. Also admitted into evidence was an Instagram “story” posted to Verduzco’s account hours before the crash that depicted a car with the airbag deployed traveling along a bar with the hashtag #dontdrinkanddrive.

Verduzco allegedly had a blood alcohol level of 0.13% at the time of the crash. His attorney said that the prosecution had not proven murder charges and he had tried to render aid. 

Verduzco was separated from the LAPD on July 21, 2018.

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