Police Officer Avoids Jail Time after Pleading Guilty to DUI

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.