BPD: Off-duty Bakersfield Police Officer drunk during crash

Sgt. Joseph Grubbs with the Bakersfield Police Department said an off-duty officer was intoxicated during the time of a crash.

At about 11 p.m. on Monday, Grubbs said that officers were sent to the 11400 block of Hageman Road regarding a crash.

Officers said they found a vehicle, operated by off-duty Bakersfield Police Officer Justin West, was traveling eastbound on Hageman Road, east of Jewetta Avenue, when he rear-ended a vehicle in front of him, lost control, struck four unoccupied parked vehicles and rolled over landing on top of a fifth, unoccupied, parked vehicle.

West was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from his vehicle, Grubbs said.

He sustained moderate injuries and was taken to a local hospital where the investigating officer discovered he was intoxicated, Grubbs said. 

The driver of the vehicle who West rear-ended was not injured, Grubbs said.

West was admitted to the hospital due to his injuries.

He was arrested on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and issued a citation at the hospital.

West was hired as a Police Officer Trainee in July 2013, and graduated the Police Academy in December 2013. 

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call the Bakersfield Police Department at (661) 327-7111. 

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