Hours earlier than he was concerned in a fiery freeway crash that claimed three lives, an off-obligation Los Angeles police officer reportedly posted a video to his Instagram account with a “dontdrinkanddrive” hashtag.
The ten-second video seems to have been taped in a bar round 7 p.m. Tuesday, and exhibits a half-completed beer glass and an animated driver behind the wheel of a pink automotive, KTLA reported.
The officer, Edgar Verduzco, is now custody on the Males’s Central Jail in Los Angeles. He was arrested on suspicion of felony DUI and vehicular manslaughter following the lethal crash.
Verduzco, 26, an Military veteran, is being held on $one hundred,000 bail, in response to data. No lawyer is listed.
In a press release following the crash, the California Freeway Patrol stated Verduzco was rushing in a Chevy Camaro southbound on the I-605 Freeway southwest of downtown Los Angeles when his automotive rear-ended two different automobiles, a Scion and a Nissan. The Nissan exploded in flames on impression, trapping the three occupants – a nonetheless-unnamed teenage boy and his two mother and father from Riverdale, CHP Officer Al Perez informed the L.A. Occasions.
The driving force of the Scion, a 31-yr-previous Berly Alvarado, complained of ache on the scene, the Mercury Information reported. Verduzco suffered a damaged nostril.
The CHP’s Perez advised the L.A. Occasions there have been no open containers or alcohol in Verduzco’s automotive, however the drive did present signs of intoxication.
“The LAPD has initiated an administrative investigation and can work with the CHP as they proceed their investigation, nevertheless the Division as no tolerance for driving beneath the affect and holds its officers to the very best requirements of professionalism each on and off obligation,” Los Angeles Police Division Chief Charlie Beck stated in a press release Wednesday.
“It’s notably troubling when one in every of our personal cops violates drunken driving legal guidelines, which is why a drunk driving offense all the time leads to a private grievance which may result in dismissal.”
The division has not confirmed that the Instagram account belongs to Verduzco. However, in response to KTLA:
“No less than seven of the posts made this month embrace the web page’s proprietor in LAPD uniform or make different references to regulation enforcement involvement. One uploaded in July has the poster’s identify badge – studying “Verduzco” – clearly displayed.
“Different posts additionally make reference to army service, and one posted in August exhibits the account proprietor’s…