Beverly Hills police officer Jeffrey Sweet was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after he crashed
his pickup truck into a house late Tuesday night. The Accident occurred in Simi Valley, California at around 10:20 p.m. as Sweet was driving eastbound on Royal Avenue at the intersection of Blackstone Avenue.
The 42-year-old Sweet is a resident of Simi Valley, and was off-duty at the time of the accident. The Simi Valley police department arrested Sweet after he demonstrated signs of being under the influence. He was taken to Simi Valley Hospital after complaining of pain
, and was booked at Ventura County Jail shortly thereafter.
While luckily Sweet was the only individual injured in the crash, his accident caused significant property damage. His white truck hit a power pole, then crashed into a retaining wall, then flipped onto its top damaging parts of a home. The accident also caused a rupture of a gas service line to a house, forcing residents of two homes to evacuate. Firefighters are diligently working on fixing the lines as Royal Avenue was closed while crews fixed the problem. Simi Valley police indicated that motorist should avoid driving through Royal Avenue until at least noon Wednesday afternoon.
The Beverly Hills Police Department issued a statement indicating that they will be conducting their own internal investigation into the matter. The driving under the influence charges against Sweet will be handled by the Simi Valley Police Department.