Tuesday, 13 November, 2018

Off-Duty LAPD Officer Arrested In Possible DUI Crash That Killed Three

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In a statement following the crash, the California Highway Patrol said Verduzco was speeding in a Chevy Camaro southbound on the I-605 Freeway southwest of downtown Los Angeles when his auto rear-ended two other vehicles, a Scion and a Nissan.

Verduzco was speeding in the southbound carpool lane of the freeway when he rear-ended the Davilas' Nissan in the next lane over and then struck a second vehicle, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Earlier that evening, at around 7pm, a video appeared on an Instagram account associated with Officer Verduzco, in, which an animated character in a blue Dodgers T-shirt sits in a cartoon red convertible vehicle on top of a bar counter, honking the horn in apparent frustration. "It appears as alcohol was a factor in this traffic collision with official results pending", the California Highway Patrol said in a statement.

The impact of the crash caused the Nissan to burst into flames, trapping the three occupants, who died at the scene.

A beer glass is pictured in the background. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said the 26-year-old is a veteran who had served three years in the Army.

Although it was not confirmed whether the account belongs to Verduzco, KTLA stated that the pictures posted on it indicated that it was Verduzco's.

"They were members of Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine Church, volunteers of the Riverside community, supporters of the arts, and all three of them had positive influences on those around them", Jenny Vasquez said on the fundraising website.

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But he said: "Let's make no mistake: the humanitarian misery that we see there today is very largely the fault of the security forces".

Verduzco, who was off-duty at the time of the crash, sustained a broken nose during the accident.

The CHP's Perez told the L.A. Times there were no open containers or alcohol in Verduzco's auto, but the drive did show symptoms of intoxication.

Beck addressed his officer's arrest at a press conference Wednesday.

The LAPD also released a statement regarding the incident: "The LAPD has initiated an administrative investigation and will work with the CHP as they continue their investigation, however the Department as no tolerance for driving under the influence and holds its officers to the highest standards of professionalism both on and off duty", part of the statementread.

All southbound lanes were blocked for the investigation and reopened just before 4 a.m.

He added Verduzco had worked the desk with the police department for about two years.

Other videos from the account show a Chevy Camaro and a police officer appearing to be Verduzco in his patrol vehicle on the job, KTLA reported.

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