Former LAPD Sgt. Convicted in Rodney King Beating Arrested on Suspicion of DUI After Crash in Castaic

A man imprisoned for violating civil rights in the police beating of Rodney King, which sparked deadly riots in 1992, was arrested in Castaic on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, officials said Thursday.

Los Angeles Police Sgt. Stacey Koon declines to answer questions from the media on Aug. 6, 1992, after a bail and custody hearing in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles. (Credit: Vince Bucci / AFP / Getty Images)

Los Angeles Police Sgt. Stacey Koon declines to answer questions from the media on Aug. 6, 1992, after a bail and custody hearing in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles. (Credit: Vince Bucci / AFP / Getty Images)

Stacey Koon, 67, was driving his white, 1999 GMC Yukon on Heather Lane, west of Greenwood Place, when he crashed into a parked car around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The former Los Angeles police sergeant was the sole person involved in the crash. He was not hurt, authorities said.

However, officers at the scene determined Koon was under the influence of alcohol at the time, officials said.

He was then arrested on suspicion of drunken driving, according to CHP.  No record of Koon’s name was found in the L.A. County online inmate database.

CHP noted he was “polite and cooperative” during the investigation.

It is the same Stacey Koon who was sentenced to 30 months in prison for King’s beating in 1991, TMZ reported. Koon, a Castaic resident, was the LAPD sergeant in charge at the scene of Rodney King’s beating.

Although he and three other officers were acquitted of criminal charges in California court, Koon was subsequently convicted in federal court. He served the entirety of his 30-month sentence.

In 2012, two decades after the riots, Koon’s attorney told the Los Angles Times that Koon is a committed family man but does not talk about his personal life due to continued death threats.

“He’s moving forward with his life as best as he can,” Koon’s attorney told the Times.

Former LAPD Sgt. Convicted in Rodney King Beating Arrested on Suspicion of DUI After Crash in Castaic

Commissioner indicted in car crash that killed 2

Texas City Commissioner-At-Large Dee Ann Haney was indicted Thursday on manslaughter charges connected to a crash that killed a father and son last year on I-45, according to the Galveston County district attorney.

A Galveston County grand jury handed up indictments on two counts of manslaughter against Haney in the July 3 crash last year that killed Hong Phuc Le, 33, and his father, Van Duoc Le, 58.  Both charges are second degree felonies, carrying a range of punishment anywhere from probation or 2 to 20 years in prison.

Haney was also charged last year with two other counts of intoxication manslaughter in connection with the crash.

Haney and her attorney, Kevin Rekoff, did not respond to a request for comment.

Alexa Curtin Charged With Driving Under Influence Of A Drug

Alexa Curtin was reportedly charged recently with driving under the influence of a drug. Court records show that The Real Housewives of Orange County star Lynne Curtin’s daughter Alexa, who has had various legal issues, was charged with allegedly driving under the influence on June 6, 2017. Now she’s been charged with that — and was also cited for driving without a valid driver license.

Law enforcement sources told The Blast that Costa Mesa police officers were called to the scene of an accident at around 2:45 PM on that day in June. Insiders claimed to the website that Alexa had crashed her car and cops came to investigate.

While on the scene, the police believed that Alexa, who had been driving the car, appeared to be under the influence. “Police had her perform a field sobriety test, which we’re told she failed,” The Blast reported.

Alexa submitted to a blood test by police and the results came back allegedly showing a cocktail of prescription drugs, including Clonazepam (aka Klonopin) and opioids.

The RHOC wild child was officially charged on April 18 in Orange County Court and an arraignment has been set for June.

https://radaronline.com/exclusives/2018/04/rhoc-daughter-alexa-curtin-charged-with-driving-under-influence/

Man caught driving with gun, marijuana

NICE >> What started as a traffic stop ended as an arrest for the illegal possession of a firearm and driving under the influence of one Nice man on Wednesday.

Jose Gustavo Mena III, 43, was caught by a Lake County Sheriff’s Deputy driving while on his cellphone in the area of Liberty Street and Buckingham Way during the evening hours.

The deputy followed the vehicle, a black BMW, and noticed the driver moving around and leaning toward the passenger side. He was then stopped on Highway 20 and Butte Street.

There, the deputy smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the car. Mena told the deputy the BMW belonged to a family member who smoked. He was then ordered to step outside, where the deputy later determined Mena was under the influence of the controlled substance.

He was placed under arrest after that.

During a search of the vehicle, the deputy located three marijuana cigarettes, a lock pick set, and a loaded 9mm handgun in the pocket located on the back of the passenger seat. The handgun was not registered.

Mena was transported to the Lake County Jail where he was booked for several felonies including carrying a loaded, concealed firearm and driving under the influence.

It was also determined that Mena had a felony arrest warrant out of Texas for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Mena remains in custody at the Lake County Jail with his bail set at $50,000.

http://www.record-bee.com/general-news/20180427/nice-man-caught-driving-with-gun-marijuana

Two LAPD Officers Arrested for Alcohol Offenses in Glendale

 

A Los Angeles police commander and sergeant were arrested Friday for alcohol-related offenses, authorities said.

 

LAPD Commander Nicole Mehringer, 47, was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of allegedly being drunk in public near Lomita Avenue and Brand Boulevard about 1 a.m., according to Glendale police and L.A. County Jail records.

Sgt. James Kelly, 46, was arrested at the same location for allegedly driving under the influence. His arrest happened at 1:37 a.m., according to Glendale police and jail records.

Mehringer, whose married name is Nicole Alberca is currently assigned to the department’s Employee Relations Group, LAPD officer Chris No said. Kelly also works in the same unit, No added. Both officers were placed on administrative leave, he said.

Tahnee Lightfoot, a Glendale police spokeswoman, said their arrests came as part of a DUI investigation, not at a checkpoint. Glendale police released a conflicting statement which read “Nicole Mehringer was detained (not arrested) for public intoxication and taken into custody. She was later released after several hours.

James Kelly was arrested on suspicion of DUI and was later released pending a court appearance.”

Mehringer posted $250 in bail and was released at 4:13 a.m. Kelly posted a $5,000 bond and was released from custody at 4:14 a.m. He is scheduled to appear in court at 8:30 a.m. May 1 in Glendale.

This afternoon, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck released a statement on the arrests of the two officers.

“I have been briefed on the circumstances of these arrests and am extremely concerned about the allegations. In addition to the criminal cases we have initiated personnel investigations, which can result in serious consequences,” Beck said.

Kelly’s father, James Kelly Sr., told NBC4 that his is not known to drive when drinking and he doesn’t even drink that much.

https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Two-LAPD-Officers-Arrested-for-Alcohol-Offenses-in-Glendale-481114911.html