L.A. County sheriff’s deputy arrested in drunk driving, crash case

A Los Angeles County Sheriff‘s Division deputy was arrested on suspicion of driving drunk and crashing his patrol automobile Friday evening within the Santa Clarita space, based on two sources with data of the incident.

Deputy Carlos Lopez went lacking for practically an hour following the crash at Pico Canyon Highway and Southern Oaks Drive in Stevenson Ranch, triggering a serious regulation enforcement response, based on sources who weren’t licensed to talk publicly. The Santa Clarita Valley Sign reported the deputy was found a short time later at his home nearby.

Lopez is a member of the division’s elite Particular Enforcement Bureau, which incorporates SWAT, sources instructed The Instances.

Lopez was taken to a hospital for therapy as a consequence of a potential head harm and was launched a short while later. He was arrested after which launched with a quotation for a misdemeanor cost of driving underneath the affect, one of many sources instructed The Instances. He has been relieved of responsibility.

The investigation started after the deputy’s patrol SUV was discovered crashed in some bushes round 9:30 p.m., based on NBC4. The lacking deputy was discovered at 10:20 p.m., Deputy Brenda Serna, a division spokesperson, mentioned Friday evening.

The Sign quoting an nameless supply mentioned the deputy was on the best way residence from work. One other off-duty deputy got here to the scene and drove him residence, the paper reported. It’s unclear whether or not that deputy will even face costs or self-discipline.

Serna on Friday evening had refused to supply particulars about the place the deputy was discovered, however mentioned the officer was aware and respiratory. When contacted for remark Saturday morning, the division didn’t instantly present extra info, saying it’s engaged on a press release.

Lopez had a backup firearm with him on the time of the crash, a supply instructed The Instances. One other supply instructed The Instances that Lopez left his gun, telephone and SWAT gear within the automobile on the time of the crash.

Instances reporters James Queally and Gregory Yee contributed to this report.

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