Reporting David Goldstein
VAN NUYS (CBS) — A DWP supervisor, allegedly drunk on the job, crashed his company truck into several parked cars in Van Nuys last week.
DWP Supervisor Isaac Chavez was arrested for DUI at the scene.“He’s very drunk,” said Miguel Ospital, who came out of his apartment and took pictures of Chavez, as he stumbled out of his city truck after crashing it into three parked cars on the street.
He also took a picture of a police officer holding two open bottles vodka, allegedly taken from Chavez’s vehicle, while he was on duty, earning your taxpayer money.
“I don’t know. Yes, it’s very stupid,” Ospital said referring to the bottles of vodka he witnessed.
It happened at about 4 p.m. last Wednesday in a 35 mile-per-hour zone just short of a crosswalk.
The debris remained on the street almost a week later. A camper truck was parked in the same spot where Chavez allegedly hit it before the other cars.
Two of the vehicles belonged to a man, who only wanted us to use his first name, Victor.
His Toyota Sequoia was totaled after Chavez allegedly ran into it, pushing it all the way up the street after the violent crash.
“Boom! Where’s my car? Coming here, all the way over there,” Victor said, gesturing to where his car finally came to a stop.No one on the street was injured, but Chavez suffered minor injuries. He was arrested and charged with drunk driving.
We found his city truck on the DWP lot after it was towed from the scene. The front end was visibly smashed in.
No one answered the door at Chavez’s Palmdale home. He was on unpaid administrative leave at the time.
The DWP released this statement saying, “We take these matters very seriously. We are conducting a full investigation into this matter and will take appropriate action when the investigation is complete.”
The incident came exactly two years after we exposed DWP employees drinking and driving in city vehicles, as well as going into strip clubs while on duty.
That time we caught workers drinking beer wrapped in white paper towels.
Now it is police who allegedly caught another DWP employee — this time with two open bottles of vodka and a crash where, luckily, no one was seriously injured.
DWP would not release Chavez’s exact salary, but the job classification runs from about $105,000 to $126,000 a year, plus overtime.