An off-duty police officer from Bakersfield. California was arrested late Monday night for suspicion of driving under the influence. Reports indicate that the off-duty officer rear-ended one vehicle, struck four more parked vehicles and finally rolled on top of a sixth vehicle before coming to a stop.
The officer, Justin West, 21, was not wearing his seat belt at the time of the alleged DUI. He was ejected from his vehicle and suffered what were classified as “moderate injuries”. He was taken to the local hospital.
Reports indicate the the driver of the vehicle rear-ended by West was not injured.
The off-duty officer graduated from the police academy in December 2013, and had been originally hired by Bakersfield Police Department as a trainee in July 2013.
No word on whether or not Mr. West has retained a DUI attorney yet.
This incident is an example that anyone can be arrested for a DUI, even a police officer.
Furthermore, this case shows the importance of wearing a seat belt. Mr. West was ejected from his vehicle and sustained injuries that he most likely would not have sustained had he been wearing his seat belt.
First time DUI in California is punishable by a fine of up to $1000 and six months in the county jail. Additionally, an offender may be required to have an ignition interlock device in any vehicle they drive for up to three years.
Anyone who has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI), actual physical control (APC), or driving while impaired (DWI), should immediately call a qualified DUI attorney. If you live in Oklahoma, then you should call Tulsa DUI Attorney Robert Denton at (918) 221-3991.