Imagine this scenario: You are driving under the influence and collide your car with two other parked cars. Two officers are now at the scene and you are terrified. You are thinking of the worst possible scenario…spending the night in a jail cell. But luck may just be on your side. Instead of dealing with a sleepless night in a jail cell, these really nice officers give you a ride home and tell you to sleep it off. Sounds unbelievable right? Well this was the case for a drunken driver from Boyle Heights.
Two officers from the Los Angeles Police Department are currently on paid leave as they are in the process of being investigated for this random act of kindness. Should they be found guilty, they could serve up to three years in jail.
The officers in question are Rene Marcia Ponce and Irene Gomez. They are currently facing charges of filing a false police report. They have pleaded not guilty.
The incident took place in October 2014 when the two officers were responding to a Boyle Heights call regarding a traffic collision. When they arrived at the scene, they found the drunk driver had collided with two parked cars. The officers drove the drunk driver home and “directed him to go to sleep”. After driving him home, the officers filed a false report stating that the driver had fled the scene.
In situations like this, officers are required to filed a DUI investigation and these two officers did the exact opposite. They are due back in court on October 11th.
Do you think that these officers should be convicted and should serve time in jail?