|For Immediate Release
Case # 10WF2102
January 6, 2011
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
FORMER OFF-DUTY LOS ANGELES COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPUTY ON DUI PROBATION CONVICTED OF SHOOTING FIREARM INSIDE HOME AND FILING FALSE REPORT AGAINST EX-HUSBAND
WESTMINSTER – A former off-duty deputy with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department was convicted today of filing a false police report against her ex-husband and firing a firearm in her Westminster home, endangering children playing nearby. Patricia Margaret Bojorquez, 43, Westminster, pleaded guilty to one felony count of discharging a firearm with gross negligence which could have resulted in injury or death to a person and one misdemeanor count of falsely reporting a crime. She has been sentenced to one year in jail, and five years of formal probation including a term that she not own or possess any firearms.
On Nov. 18, 2009, Bojorquez called the Huntington Beach Police Department (HBPD) Dispatch and falsely reported that her ex-husband was sexually assaulting a 13-year-old female relative. The defendant lied about the sexual assault because she was upset over child custody issues. Responding HBPD officers investigated the report and determined that the 13-year-old girl had not been molested and had made no such representation to the defendant.
At approximately 11:50 a.m. on Jan. 9, 2010, Bojorquez shot a firearm inside her Westminster home. She fired a bullet that pierced a bedroom window and exited the home toward a residential street where children were playing in the front yards of their homes. Bojorquez showed a disregard for the safety of the children outside, who were directly in the line of fire. The defendant’s brother and fiancé were in the house at the time and called the police. The Westminster Police Department investigated this case.
At the time of the crime, the defendant was on probation for a driving under the influence (DUI) conviction in Orange County.
On Aug. 10, 2009, Bojorquez pleaded guilty (Case #09CM05054) to a court offer to one misdemeanor count each of driving under the influence of alcohol and driving with a blood alcohol of .08 percent or more. She pleaded no contest to one misdemeanor count of child endangerment by a caretaker. She was sentenced to 10 days in jail and ordered to complete a 6-month first-offender alcohol program, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Victim’s Impact Panel, and Child Abuser’s Treatment Program. In this case, the defendant was driving her two children on April 12, 2009, to the parking lot at the Block at Orange to drop them off with their father. Bojorquez was under the influence of alcohol while driving and had a .19 blood alcohol level. Upon arriving in the parking lot, one of the defendant’s children reported her drunken driving to a police officer, who happened to also be in the parking lot. The officer observed Bojorquez speed away through the parking lot before stopping her for DUI.
On April 15, 2010, Bojorquez pleaded guilty (Case #09WM10174) to a court offer to one misdemeanor count each of driving under the influence of alcohol and driving with a blood alcohol of .08 percent or more with a prior conviction. She was sentenced to 55 days in jail, 30 days residential program, 60-day outpatient treatment program, five years probation, and ordered to complete an 18-month multiple offender alcohol awareness program and MADD Victim’s Impact Panel. In this case, the defendant was leaving a strip mall in Huntington Beach at approximately 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 19, 2009. Bojorquez was driving under the influence of alcohol and had a blood alcohol level of .27 percent. The defendant backed into a parked car and then began to slowly drive through the parking lot. A witness knocked on the window of Bojorquez’s slowly moving car and asked her to get out. The defendant was naked from the waist down and had an open bottle of wine in the center console cup holder in her car.