Captain Steve Ruiz has been reassigned to other duties in the wake of his May 30 arrest on suspicion of drunk driving, L.A. Now reports. It’s not clear who is now in charge of the Rampart Division, which includes the portions of Echo Park and Silver Lake south of Sunset Boulevard. An LAPD spokeswoman told The Eastsider she had no other details on the matter.
Ruiz, a 25-year department veteran, was arrested by the California Highway Patrol on the 101 Freeway in Sherman Oaks. The CHP declined to provide L.A. Now information about Ruiz’ blood-alcohol readings. L.A. Now also noted that Ruiz was not arrested and booked in jail as is often the case with others arrested in connection with a DUI.
Ruiz has been commanding officer of the Rampart station since February 2009.