The initial allegations against a Los Angeles police officer could hardly be more serious. He was recently arrested for allegedly driving while drunk and crashing his vehicle into a car holding three family members -- all three died after their vehicle caught fire.
The 26-year-old officer was released from custody without charges, however. He had initially been held on $100,000 bail. The investigation into the fatal crash continues, the California Highway Patrol said.
Law enforcement officials said the cop slammed his speeding Chevy Camaro into the back end of the family's Nissan on the 605 Freeway. He was arrested on a charge of felony DUI at the scene of the wreck.
He declined to take a breathalyzer test, but was given a blood test after his arrest. The results of that test will certainly be used by prosecutors in their determination of whether charges should be filed.
The police department has opened an administrative investigation into the incident, though the officer is still on the force and receiving pay. According to a Los Angeles Times report, the officer is an Army veteran did a tour of Afghanistan before joining the LAPD two years ago.
Clearly, the stakes are high in the aftermath of a tragic accident. While we cannot know how this matter will eventually be resolved, we do know that everyone accused of a criminal act needs and deserves skilled legal representation.
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