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Off-Duty Beverly Hills Police Officer Suspected of DUI

Jeffrey Sweet was arrested after crashing a pickup truck into a telephone pole, a house and a retaining wall in Simi Valley late Tuesday.

A Beverly Hills police officer was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence Tuesday night after he crashed a pickup truck into a telephone pole, a house and a retaining wall in Simi Valley. 

Jeffrey Sweet, 42, crashed the truck at 10:22 p.m. Tuesday on Royal Avenue near Blackstock Avenue, said Simi Valley police Sgt. Greg Dungan. Sweet is a Simi Valley resident.

The pickup came to rest on its roof atop the retaining wall, Dungan said. The crash caused the rupture of a natural gas line, prompting the evacuation of two homes until a fire crew shut the line off, he said.

Sweet was taken to a hospital after complaining of pain. He was later arrested after investigating officers spoke with him and suspected he was under the influence of alcohol or drugs, Dungan said.

Sweet was booked into Ventura County Jail, according to Dungan, who said representatives from the  responded and assisted in the investigation.

"The [criminal] investigation is being conducted by Simi Valley police," BHPD spokesman Lt. Lincoln Hoshino told Patch. "Our Professional Standards Unit is conducting an administrative investigation for the DUI charge."

This report was compiled with information from City News Service.

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Jodi Ticknor September 06, 2012 at 12:49 AM
I am very sorry to hear this. Officer Sweet was the School Resource Officer at Horace Mann for many years and he was a hero to the kids at the School. Both my daughter and son credit his anti-drug DARE class for inspiring them and teaching them not to do drugs. He also kept the school locked down and safe. When the police department cut the budget for SRO (a great loss to our community and chidlren), he was placed elsewhere. I hope he is ok.
Marie Cunningham (Editor) September 06, 2012 at 01:07 AM
Thank you for your kind words. Best, Marie
Joe Bloe September 06, 2012 at 09:56 PM
Proof that anyone can make a mistake. It's a shame that no one kept his keys and gave him a ride home.
Debie May 12, 2013 at 02:15 AM
This man never came to applogized to the women who owned that house he slammed into that night. His actions almost killed her. His insurance does't cover all the wreckage. The fact that he was part of an anti DRUG program at school - shows that Mr. Sweet was a fraud. I imagine many children are left confused about those inspiring words .....sad!!!!

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