Just a few weeks before the new year, Sgt. Timothy Luke Everts was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. The incident occurred on Friday, December 17th, 2021 at approximately 11:30 p.m. The LBPD confirmed that Sgt. Everts was attending a retirement party off duty, in his own vehicle, when he crashed into several parked cars near the intersection of East 8th Street and Coronado Avenue. According to investigative reports, a citizen called in about a driver in a white pickup truck passed out behind the wheel. When authorities arrived at the scene of the crime, Sgt. Everts was found unresponsive with a large life on his lap. Once he regained consciousness, he was uncooperative with the responding officers and refused to exit the vehicle. Consequently, the officers deployed tactical measures, including use of spoke strips, during the arrest incident. He was taken into custody at the Signal Hill jail and was released early Sunday morning.
Police officers who are arrested for driving under the influence will normally be subject to an internal investigation. Once the investigation is finished, the penalties will depend on the circumstances of the case, including whether the office was involved in an accident, if anyone was injured, whether the officer has prior DUIs, and whether the officer has other serious driving offenses on their record. The department’s policies will factor into the work-related penalties an officer might face. In most cases, the officer could face consequences such as dismissal, administrative leave, or having to complete a substance abuse treatment program.
The Long Beach Police Department made the following statement:
“Sergeant Everts was off duty, driving a personal vehicle at the time of the incident, was booked at the Signal Hill jail for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and was released on his own recognizance. Segreant Evert remains employed by the City of Long Beach. This is the only statement that will be provided regarding this incident, and we will not be providing further comment.”