A Los Angeles police officer has been charged with driving under the influence after allegedly driving the wrong way through the Sepulveda tunnel near LAX, according to The Ventura County Star. It does not appear from the report that anyone was harmed in the incident. It also is not clear if the officer will be suspended because of the arrest.
California Vehicle Code 23152 makes it “unlawful for any person who is under the influence of any alcoholic beverage or drug, or under the combined influence of any alcoholic beverage and drug, to drive a vehicle.” Penalties for first-time DUI offenders in California could include 96 hours to six months of jail time, a substantial driver’s license suspension, mandatory enrollment in an alcohol education program, and installation of an ignition interlock device (IID) in their vehicle.
A drunk driving charge or conviction in California can have devastating consequences for those working in law enforcement. Such individuals could even face immediate employment termination if convicted. It is particularly important for these types of defendants to seek the counsel of a skilled attorney right away. In some cases, the charges can be reduced or dismissed completely.
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