A Manhattan Beach police officer is expected to appear next week at the Torrance courthouse for arraignment on the misdemeanor count of hit-and-run, according to news sources and the District Attorney’s Office. Hit and Run filed as a misdemeanor carries a maximum sentence of one year. Information obtained from the Manhattan Beach Police Department confirmed that no other officers will be charged in connection with the Jan. 31 crash that occurred while the officers were off-duty. A fourth officer who had been placed on leave in connection with the crash died of cancer in October.
“As this incident is still the subject of an internal affairs investigation, I cannot comment further on the incident, on the officers involved or on the decision reached by the District Attorney’s Office,” Uyeda said.
The Department removed the officers from patrol in February and called in the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to investigate. It has taken close to a year for sheriff’s investigators to conduct a probe to determine whether criminal charges should be filed. Sheriff’s investigators also pursued an internal affairs review that could result in discipline against the officers.
Manhattan Beach Police Chief Rod Uyeda said he was informed of the charges by the Los Angeles District Attorneys office in Torrance this week.