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California police officer: driving under the influence?

Driving under the influence is a topic that is widely covered in the media. This is especially true whenever a high profile local figure is at the center of the story. Recently, a California police captain was issued a misdemeanor charge for driving under the influence.

The California Highway Patrol had been called out for an unrelated call when the accused officer reportedly was sitting at a green light. Other vehicles behind the car had blown their horns, but the man didn't move. At that time, the CHP's attention was drawn to the man and they chose to investigate the situation. Upon making contact with the driver, it was noted that he smelled of alcohol. He was charged at the scene but was not arrested; however, his car was impounded.

While charges like those in this case are not to be taken lightly, it is important to note that these are only allegations that have been made and the investigation is still ongoing. The officer has been removed from his position at the police department for the time-being. One report also mentioned that his charges were not as severe as they could have been since his actions did not involve an injury to another driver.

Any California resident facing charges of driving under the influence could greatly benefit from knowing the applicable laws for their specific situation. It is important that the accused receive fair tratment in the court system and are innocent until proven guilty. Even if a person is found guilty, they can be comforted to know that there are many ways in which charges can be handled and a person can resume their normal lifestyle.

Source: nbclosangeles.com, "LAPD Captain Removed from Command After Suspected DUI," Jason Kandel, June 7, 2013

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