An off-duty police officer was arrested for crashing his truck into a house while under the influence of alcohol late Tuesday night in Simi Valley.
According to the Simi Valley Police Department, the residential collision took place at 10:22 p.m. on Royal Avenue at Blackstock Avenue, where 42 year old Beverly Hills police officer Jeffrey Sweet failed to make a turn from the eastbound lanes of Royal onto Blackstock.
The pickup truck then smashed into and knocked over a telephone pole before crashing into a house and the retaining wall of a second before finally coming to rest on its roof.
Accident responders arrived on the scene as witnesses and bystanders were attempted to help Sweet get out of his vehicle, which suffered major front end damage, and was largely destroyed. Thankfully, no other vehicles or pedestrians were involved in the crash.
Officer Sweet did not appear to have suffered any injuries, though he was transported to nearby Simi Valley Hospital after complaining of pains.
The crash forced the closed of Royal Avenue, in part because of the debris from the accident, but also because the truck severed the gas line to the home it smashed through. Firefighters from the Ventura County Fire Department were called to the scene to close the gas line and prevent any potential fires from erupting.
While still at the scene, responding officers noted that Sweet had the signs of someone who may be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. After being medically cleared from the hospital, he was taken into custody under suspicion of driving under the influence.
Alongside the Simi Valley Police Department’s investigation into the accident, authorities from the Beverly Hills Police Department Professional Standards Unit will perform a thorough look into Sweet’s late night actions, and determine what kinds of punishments will be necessary.
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