Top LA County Sheriff’s Official Arrested For Drunk Driving

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A top Los Angeles County sheriff’s official was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving after being found stopped in the middle of the Foothill Freeway, passed out with her head on the steering wheel of her county car, according to reports.

Sheriff’s civilian Director Natalie Salazar, 55, was found Friday allegedly intoxicated, with her foot on the brake pedal and her car in drive after several 911 calls to the California Highway Patrol about a car stopped in a middle lane, the Los Angeles Times reported.

A test after her arrested showed a blood alcohol level of 0.20, more than twice the legal limit, according to CHP Officer Ming Hsu.

According to jail records, Salazar posted $15,000 bail less than four hours after her arrest.

Salazar is head of the sheriff’s Community/Law enforcement Partnership Program.

Salazar was convicted of driving under the influence as recently as 2009, Hsu told the Times, and was placed on probation. Salazar was allowed to keep her post at the Sheriff’s Department, although she reportedly sent out a memo within the department, apologizing.

Salazar has been put on leave.

  • jamesincalifornia

    Fire her now!

  • eric C

    What, she gonna get another slap on the wrist? F! I did this I’d still be in jail. F all of these dumb officials. They all get a stroke and a smile. No one is seen as equal anymore if you have money or power. Kill all government, kill all rich people, kill all famous people. The world may be a better place,

  • Mike in San Diego

    Whew!! Thank God she had the good sense to stop driving! I can’t stress enough the importance of reading the signs that you’re impaired and taking the appropriate action.

  • Jeff

    She works for the Sheriff’s department therefore she is not guilty of any crime.

  • Rey

    Its ok if officials break the law, but let it be anyone else and they want to throw away the key and keep people in for life for the type of things officials get away with, Hey maybe I should become a cop and pull over all other bad cops , lol, ok for real i should…

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