FULLERTON (CBS/AP) — A former police officer in Fullerton is accused of crushing his audio recorder and destroying any comments made in the arrest of a suspected drunken driver who later committed suicide in jail.
Prosecutors said Tuesday that Vincent Mater was charged with destruction of evidence and vandalism.READ MORE: Report: 2 LA County Firefighters May Be Fired For Sharing Kobe Bryant Crash Photos
The Fullerton officer arrested Dean Gochenour during an April 2011 traffic stop upon determining he was driving under the influence. That night, Gochenour hanged himself.
Mater was placed on administrative leave in June and later quit. He was not found criminally responsible in the death.
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According to the LA Times, Mater told investigators there was nothing on the audio recording he “would not want others to hear.”
The officer claims he flung the recording device against a metal door out of frustration over difficulties in downloading the audio.
It was not immediately clear if Mater has an attorney.MORE NEWS: Pine Fire: Nearly All Evacuations Lifted As Crews Halt Forward Progress Of Wildfire East Of Palmdale
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