According to Matt Hamilton of The Los Angeles Times, two female LAPD officers were charged with covering up a DUI last week Tuesday. The pair, Rene Ponce and Irene Gomez were patrolling the Hollenbeck Division’s Boyle Heights area on Oct. 26, 2014. When they were called to a crash on the 3000 block of East Side Boulevard. The women caught the perpetrator who smashed his vehicle into two other parked cars, due to alcohol intoxication.
Instead of following procedure, Ponce and Gomez decided not to preform a drunk driving investigation. The reported that the person of interest escaped on foot, and the car was left behind at the scene. Ponce and Gomez further escalated the situation when they drove the suspect home, and told him to “get some rest.” In the article I read, Matt Hamilton mentions that the deputy district attorney found no link between the women and the suspect; who will remain anonymous because the case is still under investigation.
“Deputy Dist. Atty. Martha Carrillo, the prosecutor who signed the criminal complaint against the two officers, said the officers and the driver had no personal or professional connection. The driver is also not connected to the LAPD or other law enforcement agencies” (Los Angeles Times).