|For Immediate Release
Case # 10WM09599
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
LONG BEACH POLICE OFFICER TO BE ARRAIGNED FOR DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL
WESTMINSTER – A Long Beach police officer will be arraigned tomorrow on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and weaving in and out of traffic lanes. Eddie Sanchez, 30, is charged with one misdemeanor count each of driving under the influence of alcohol and driving with a blood alcohol level of .08 percent or more with a sentencing enhancement allegation for having a blood alcohol level of .15 percent or more. If convicted, Sanchez faces a maximum sentence of six months in jail. He is scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow, Oct. 19, 2010, at 8:30 a.m. in Department W-1, West Justice Center, Westminster.
At approximately 4:30 p.m., on May 24, 2010, Sanchez is accused of consuming several alcoholic beverages at a bar in Long Beach. He is accused of leaving the bar to go to a friend’s house in Stanton. The defendant is accused of driving under the influence of alcohol, stopping his 2003 Nissan Altima at green lights, and weaving in and out of traffic lanes. While waiting at a red light, Sanchez is accused of not moving when the light turned green. After several vehicles behind the defendant honked their horns, the driver behind Sanchez got out of his car, walked over to the driver’s side of the Nissan and turned off the engine.
A witness called 911 and Garden Grove police arrived at the scene. The defendant is accused of performing poorly on his Field Sobriety Test and exhibiting signs of intoxication including slurred speech and emitting an odor of alcohol from his breath. At the time of the arrest, Sanchez is accused of having a blood alcohol level of .16 percent, two times the legal limit.
Deputy District Attorney Michael Pevney is prosecuting this case.