In a blatant example of the special privileges endowed onto police officers, a Selma, California cop has been placed on paid administrative leave after he allegedly got drunk and wrecked his patrol car.
The California Highway Patrol says they received multiple reports of an unmarked Selma police vehicle in a ditch before they determined that the driver was officer Robert Luna, 26, and arrested him for DUI and hit-and-run.
Investigators say the officer abandoned his car near the intersection of Kamm and Bethel Avenues after crashing, and that they are still unaware how he got home. The vehicle was found at around 3 a.m. on December 12.
Luna walked away from the wreck unharmed with only some scratches and bruises and is now enjoying his paid vacation while an “investigation” is being conducted.
The CHP says they do not believe anyone else was in the car with Luna at the time of the crash, and that he was not on duty. They say he most likely wrecked the unmarked Chevy Impala while trying to make his way around a turn.
Selma Police Chief Greg Garner said he isn’t taking the incident lightly but seemed nonchalant about pursuing following through with an investigation.
“We will be conducting an administrative investigation at some point,” he said. “Although, right now, the direction of that investigation is pending the completion or furtherance of CHP investigation. We take it extremely seriously, but we’re not going to reach any conclusions until an investigation is completed.”
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