Saturday, August 2, 2008

CHP Officer charged with making criminal threats & disturbing the peace

California DUI lawyers are often taken back by the way CHP officers testify in DUI cases; they are clearly trained at the Academy on how and what to say.

Now, a California Highway Patrol officer has been charged in Ventura County with five misdemeanors that are being treated as hate crimes.

The District Attorney's Office announced Friday that 34-year-old Seth Taylor is accused of making criminal threats and disturbing the peace in two off-duty altercations last year at bars in Ventura and Oxnard.

Senior Deputy District Attorney Karen Wold declined to provide details as to why the incidents are being treated as hate crimes.

Taylor's criminal defense attorney, said he couldn't comment on the allegations but described Taylor as a former U.S. Marine who has had a "distinguished" eight-year career with the CHP.

CHP office indicated that Taylor continues to work out of that agency's Ventura office and will continue to be involved in California DUI arrests.