San Diego ABC10 reports court documents claiming that a San Diego Police Department Detective DUI case was covered up. There was a long and excessive delay between the time of his California drunk driving collision and the proper formal San Diego DUI investigation. A number of other San Diego Police Department officers are being investigated by the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office for the cover-up. Here’s the background.
Team 10 obtained San Diego Superior Court records that claim two San Diego Police Officers covered up a colleague’s drunk driving arrest and falsified police reports to do it.
Gang unit detective Jeffery Blackford crashed his car while driving drunk on December 7, 2013.
Officers on scene waited three hours to test his blood alcohol level, but Blackford’s BAC still registered over the legal limit.
He was found guilty and was sentenced to probation.
Court records obtained by Team 10 show the SDPD’s internal investigation into the crash “identifies a number of sergeants and officers… who were referred for criminal charges…”
The records show a “Sergeant English and his subordinate, Officer Whit intentionally falsified police reports…”
The records say “they admitted it and they were never charged either criminally or administratively.”
In California, knowingly falsifying a police report is a felony.
In a deposition under oath, former San Diego Police Chief William Lansdowne said the department had an alcohol abuse problem.
“It’s one of the reasons that led to some difficulties and they needed some assistance and help,” Lansdowne said.
The San Diego County District Attorney would not talk about why charges may or may not be filed in specific cases.