An off-duty Los Angeles cop posted an Instagram video with a warning about “drinking and driving” just hours before he was involved in a suspected DUI crash that killed three people.
According to KTLA, 26-year-old LAPD Officer Edgar Verduzco’s 2016 Chevy Camaro rear-ended two cars while traveling at high speed on a freeway Tuesday.
In one of the cars, a couple and their teen son -- Maribel, Mario and Oscar Davil -- were killed. They were trapped in their burning Nissan which burst into flames. They died on the scene.
The family was en route to pick up another son at the airport. "They were very nice people," the family's neighbor Sakonh Sechang told NBC Los Angeles.
A woman in the second vehicle sustained minor injuries, as did Verduzco.
Just hours before the deadly crash, Verduzco allegedly posted a video to his Instagram story, which appears to have been shot at a bar: An animated avatar is driving a car, honking its horn, alongside the slogan "#dontdrinkanddrive." Nearby the animation, a beer stands on the bartop.
The California Highway Patrol said Verduzco was arrested on suspicion of felony driving under the influence. He has also been arrested for vehicular manslaughter. According to NBC Los Angeles, Verduzco was speeding.
His bail has been set at $100,000.
“I cannot tell you how angry and disappointed I am that a Los Angeles police officer would disregard the law and cause an accident with such awful, awful consequences," Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck said during a press conference. He described Verduzco's years on the force as "unremarkable."