LAPD Captain Under Investigation After Suspected DUI

LAPD Captain Under Investigation After Suspected DUI

lapdLAPD Captain Steve Ruiz was removed from his position as commander of the Rampart Station after being cited for DUI on May 30, 2013. Ruiz was cited around 1:20 a.m. after police spotted several cars honking at him behind a green light. When the arresting officers went to check on him, they said that Ruiz “displayed signs of possible alcohol intoxication“. According to police, Ruiz was off-duty at the time of the incident and results of any field sobriety or breathalyzer tests are being withheld as part of an ongoing investigation.

Ruiz, a 25-year veteran of the LAPD, was removed from his position as commander and has been given a non-field assignment pending the outcome of his DUI case, according to LAPD spokeswoman Susan Torres. Ruiz was charged with misdemeanor DUI but not taken to jail. Instead, his car was impounded and Ruiz was released into the custody of a family member or friend. Sgt. Denise Joslin, another department spokeswoman, said that the investigation into Captain Ruiz’s arrest could take up to a month and did not offer an update regarding the current status of the case. Starting with the LAPD in 1987 at age 21, Ruiz has worked in various assignments and was promoted to captain of the Rampart Division in February 2009.

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