There’s no doubt that police officers are under incredible amounts of stress while on duty. Like any normal person with such a high-stress job, many police officers choose to relax by having a few drinks while off duty. This can lead to the officer facing DUI charges, but what happens after the charge can depend on a variety of factors. In a best-case scenario, it is the officer’s first offense and they have no prior driving charges and there is only property damage. They will often get to keep their jobs in this situation. If there are people who are injured in the accident, the penalties can be much worse, including loss of job.
CBS Local Los Angeles reports on an off-duty officer being charged with DUI in an accident that left two people injured.
According to the California Highway Patrol, an accident occurred at about 1:30 a.m. on April 26th. An off-duty police officer was driving a 2017 Honda Accord north on State Route 14. He was approaching the scenic lookout Lamont Odett Vista Point near Palmdale Lake.
The off-duty office slammed into a parked 2017 Mitsubishi in which there were two occupants, a male and a female. They were both rushed to Palmdale Regional Medical Center with extensive injuries.
The man responsible for the accident was Los Angeles Police officer Michael Anthony Keith. He was off-duty at the time of the accident.
Keith was booked into L.A. County Palmdale’s Sheriff’s Station on charges of felony DUI.