SIMI VALLEY, CALIFORNIA – An off-duty Beverly Hills police officer was arrested for investigation of driving under the influence after his pickup truck smashed into a house, a utility pole, severed a natural gas pipe and came to a halt upside down, authorities said.
Bystanders pulled the driver, Jeffrey Sweet, 42, of Simi Valley, from the vehicle after the 10:22 p.m. Tuesday crash at a curve on Royal Avenue, the Ventura County Star (bit.ly/QlpVxH) reported Wednesday.
Sweet was taken to a hospital after complaining of pain before being booked.
Simi Valley police said two homes were evacuated because of the broken gas line.
The Beverly Hills Police Department’s professional standards unit responded to investigate.
Beverly Hills Lt. Lincoln Hoshino said Sweet has been with the department for 18 years.
Sweet’s blood-alcohol level will be determined by lab tests, said Simi Valley Sgt. Craig Dungan.