By CBSLA Staff

WESTMINSTER (CBSLA) – A former investigator at the Huntington Beach Police Department charged with stealing drugs from the vehicle of an attempted murder suspect’s vehicle was placed in a diversion program for military veterans Thursday.

Working as a crime scene photographer with HBPD on Jan. 23 last year, 53-year-old Sean Patrick Lotts of Huntington Beach allegedly grabbed the drugs from the suspects vehicle and drove home in a police car while under the influence, according to a public information officer with the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.

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Lotts resigned from the department, but was charged with one count each of misdemeanor embezzlement by a public official, seizing property under the color of authority and driving under the influence.

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The diversion program for military personnel or veterans allows them to undergo treatment in lieu of jail.

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