LOS ANGELES – Two Los Angeles Police officers were charged for allegedly covering up a DUI traffic collision officials said.
The incident occurred on October 26, 2014, when the officers, Rene Marcial Ponce, a 39-year-old, who was a LAPD officer for 13 years and Irene Gomez, a 38-year-old, who was LSPD officer for three years at the time of the incident were patrolling the Hollenbeck area.
The two responded to a traffic collision in the 3000 block of East Side Boulevard, where the Justice System Integrity Division prosecutor said the alleged drunk driver remained after hitting two parked vehicles. The two avoided conducting the DUI investigation and on the traffic collision report said that the driver was not at the scene.
Failing to provide a field sobriety check, the two placed the driver in the patrol car and drove him home telling him to go to sleep. Both were charged and pleaded not guilty of filing a false report and conspiracy to commit an act injurious to the public.
If convicted as charged Ponce and Gomez will face up to three years in jail. The two are scheduled to appear in court on October 11, 2016 for the case that remains under investigation by the LAPD, Internal Affairs Division.
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