Sunday, October 23, 2016

Police take Boyle Heights DUI suspect home instead of conducting investigation, D.A. says


BOYLE HEIGHTS —  A suspected drunk driver who allegedly crashed into two cars was taken to his home in a police vehicle and told to go to sleep by LAPD officers who later lied about the matter on a police report, the L.A. County District Attorney said today.

Officers Rene Marcial Ponce and Irene Gomez  have each been charged with one felony count of filing a false police report in connection with the Oct. 2014 crash that took place in the 3000 block of East Side Boulevard, according to the District Attorney.  Both officers pleaded not guilty on Sept. 7 and are scheduled to appear at a court hearing on Oct. 11.

It’s not clear why the officers allegedly tried cover up the driver’s involvement in the crash. Officials told the L.A. Weekly that the DUI suspect was not a public figure.

The District Attorney, in a press release, described the incident:

“On Oct. 26, 2014, Ponce and Gomez were on patrol in the Hollenbeck area when they responded to an early morning traffic collision in the 3000 block of East Side Boulevard. At the scene, an alleged drunken driver was accused of colliding with two parked vehicles, Justice System Integrity Division.

Ponce and Gomez allegedly avoided conducting a driving under the influence investigation and collectively wrote a traffic collision report in which they lied about the driver not being present at the scene, according to overt acts detailed in the felony complaint.

The charging document additionally alleges that Ponce and Gomez failed to conduct a sobriety examination, placed the driver in their patrol vehicle and drove him home where they directed him to go to sleep.”

The officers face a maximum sentence of three years in local custody if found guilty of the charges.

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One comment

  1. So they not only enabled a drunk driver in avoiding an arrest but denied a proper course of action to the owners of the two cars the driver hit? I wonder if they bothered to check the driver’s record for any previous DUIs.

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