It can be disappointing to know that there are authorities who have no respect for traffic rules, which they are required to enforce.
An off-duty Long Beach police officer identified as Eddie Sanchez, 30, recently pleaded guilty to a drunken driving charge. He was able to avoid jail time, but was sentenced to three years of informal probation, three months of alcohol awareness classes, and 20 days of community service.
Prosecutors said the officer went to a bar and was then seen swerving in and out lanes while on his way to Stanton last May 24.
Sanchez was not able to accelerate even after the traffic light turned green in Garden Grove. His engine was then turned off by another driver, claimed prosecutors.
Reports said he had a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of .16 at the time of his arrest.
A couple fortunately escaped from injuries after the Lexus they were in suddenly caught fire on the westbound 22 along South Glassell Street in Santa Ana.
A couple was unharmed after their vehicle was fully engulfed in flames on the westbound 22 at South Glassell Street. Charles and Janet Lanning were able to escape the burning car just before it burst into flames. (photo credit: ocregister)
Charles Lanning and his wife were traveling along the freeway when they noticed that the vehicle’s engine sounded different that the usual. Charles attempted to pull off the freeway, but ended up on the right shoulder of the Glassell on-ramp.
According to reports, they were able to get out of the car before it burst into flames.
Garden Grove and Santa Ana firefighters worked together just to put out the fire.
Charles should have made sure that the car’s engine is in a good condition before he traveled with his wife. It is a good thing that no one was injured in the incident. If Charles and his wife were unable to get out of the vehicle immediately, they might have sustained severe or fatal injuries in the fire.