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Off-duty LAPD Officer Arrested as DUI Suspect in Crash That Killed 3

September 27, 2017  | 

The Los Angeles Police Department has opened an administrative investigation after one of its officers was arrested on suspicion of driving drunk and causing a crash that killed a boy and his parents Tuesday night, reports the Los Angeles Times.

The officer, 26-year-old Edgar Verduzco, was driving a 2016 Chevy Camaro in the southbound carpool lane of the 605 Freeway about 10:30 p.m. in Whittier, CA, when, for reasons still unknown, he steered the vehicle to the right and into the fast lane, where it collided with the rear of a Nissan carrying a mother, father, and their son, the California Highway Patrol said.

The Nissan, which had been traveling about 65 mph, burst into flames, trapping the family inside, the CHP said. All three were pronounced dead at the scene. The boy was believed to be in his teens, CHP Officer Al Perez said. The victims probably won’t be positively identified until at least next week because the bodies are so badly charred, the coroner said.

After colliding with the Nissan, Verduzco’s Camaro continued into the No. 2 lane, where it struck a Toyota Scion before coming to a stop, the CHP said. The driver of the Scion suffered minor injuries.

Verduzco is a military veteran who joined the department two years ago, LAPD officials said. He suffered a broken nose in the crash and was arrested on suspicion of felony DUI causing injuries, authorities said. He is being held on $100,000 bail.

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HRPufnstuf @ 9/27/2017 9:14 PM

Damn! Screwed the pooch on this one. His career is over, his life is over, and look at the ill will he has generated towards the rest of us. Of all people, cops should be the strictest on themselves about drinking and driving.

Gregg @ 9/28/2017 12:28 PM

Damn is Right. Now this numbnut, just made things even harder for the rest of the men and women trying to show the community they serve that we are held to a higher standard. Just put us three step backward. Not helping us at all. And you know he knew better as well.

kevcopaz @ 9/28/2017 10:16 PM

I came up during the "choir practice" days when you weren't a "real cop" un less you drank to excess and acted like a fool. I had plenty of bad blood during that time since I would not participate, yes I would hangout but not drink too excess. Got a lot of crap for that but saw alcohol destroy too many folks in both personal life and my career. How can any cop who sees the damage that alcohol (and drugs) do to the people we see at almost each and every call ever let it happen to them? Driving DUI is like shooting your weapon into the air, sometime the bullet might come down and kill someone else or maybe even you. We as the "old timers" have to show these pups the way by example. Its on us to teach them that the more you drink the less you are "macho,but the more you are stupid and risk your career, your life and the life of others. yes I have pulled cops,fire fighters nurses and doctors (even priest) DUI and give then a "break". Maybe I should have done them and stopped future deaths

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