Los Angeles County prosecutors have charged a deputy with covering up another deputy who crashed into a Stevenson Ranch tree.
The crash occurred on August 26, 2022. According to the Los Angeles County Attorney General’s Office, Special Enforcement Bureau deputy Carlos Lopez crashed his marked SUV while allegedly under the influence of alcohol. Prosecutors alleged that fellow SEB deputy Greorgy Davis arrived at the scene and allegedly pulled Lopez’s limp body from the SUV. Then, Davis allegedly placed him in a car driven by his colleague’s wife, who then drove him home.
Davis then attempted to move the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department SUV, but was caught by a retired Los Angeles Police Department officer. Davis did not initially identify himself as an off-duty deputy, as the retired LAPD officer called authorities, the district attorney’s office said.
“Ensuring law enforcement accountability is essential to maintaining public trust,” said prosecutor George Gascón. “A law enforcement officer obstructing an investigation of wrongdoing by another deputy undermines the integrity of the justice system.”
Prosecutors charged Davis with one count of conspiracy to obstruct the course of justice, one count of giving false information to a peace officer, and three counts of delaying and/or obstructing an investigation.
Lopez was charged with the alleged driving incident earlier this year.
Davis is expected to surrender to authorities on September 27.
“We will hold accountable both the agent who committed misconduct and those who participated in it,” Gascón said. “No one is above the law, especially those who are sworn to uphold the law.”
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