Thursday, June 9, 2011

15 California DUI cases dropped by City Attorney's Office, San Diego Police Department's ex-officer Anthony Arevalos was the arresting officer

15 DUI cases were dropped by the San Diego City Attorney's Office, criminal defense attorneys just learned.

Why? San Diego Police Department's ex-officer Anthony Arevalos was the arresting officer and allegedly involved in some other misconduct during DUI traffic detentions.

The ex-San Diego PD officer faces eighteen felonies - sexual battery, assault under the color of authority and receiving a bribe after a DUI contact.

These dismissed DUI cases were dismissed between March 25 and April 21, 2011..

Arevalos, arrested because one female driver complained of allegedly sexually assaulted by the officer in a downtown bathroom, will have his day in court.

Fourteen of the dropped San Diego DUI cases had BAC's of .08 or more. The other was underage.

San Diego's city attorney indicates 3 other DUI cases with Arevalos did not get dropped but were settled by lawyers' plea bargains as the San Diego DUI attorney prosecutor was able to prove the case without Arevalos' testimony and other material & percipient officers on those DUI scenes.