California Assemblymember Wendy Carrillo arrested for DUI after Los Angeles crash – US 247 News

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LOS ANGELES (KABC) — California Assemblymember Wendy Carrillo was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after a car crash in Los Angeles.

The crash happened just after midnight Friday on Monterey Road near Montecito Heights, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The call came in 12:20 am and she was arrested an hour later.

Carrillo, who is currently running against Kevin de León for a seat on the LA City Council, crashed into several parked cars and the street curb. No injuries were reported.

A witness who spoke with ABC7 said he was visiting friends in the area when his vehicle was hit.

“Very loud, huge bang, and then heard like skidding,” he described. “There’s crashes that happen right here all the time, so we knew right away that it was for sure a car crash.”

He recalled seeing Carrillo inside his vehicle on the street.

“As soon as we looked out the balcony, you could see her Audi was in the middle of the street, and airbags deployed, and she was in there and you could see her moving and stuff. We walked out and asked if she was okay , she was hand gesturing like she was all good, thumbs up and stuff. As soon as she got out of the car and started talking to us, it was really clear to me, as a non-expert, that she was intoxicated. You could smell alcohol. She was slurring her speech. She was very impaired.”

In video obtained by Eyewitness News, you can LAPD officers conducting field sobriety tests. At one point, the video captures one responding officer explaining to a witness why they have chosen to complete the tests privately.

“LAPD has a policy of being fully transparent with the public. It was brought to my attention that this person is an elected official in the state senate. So sometimes, for people who are considered to be, for lack of a better term, dignitary “We allow them to do the investigation in a private area. It does not change the fact that she has been drinking. She has been involved in a crash.”

WATCH | LAPD officer speaks with witness on scene of Wendy Carrillo DUI crash

LAPD officer speaks with witness on scene of Wendy Carrillo DUI crash

Carrillo has since released a statement, saying she was cooperating with law enforcement.

“As a public servant, I am aware that I must adhere to a higher standard that demands personal accountability for my conduct and I accept responsibility for my actions. I sincerely apologize to my family, constituents, colleagues and staff for any actions of mine that have fallen short of that expectation. I intend to seek the necessary help and support. As I do so, I remain dedicated to my family, my constituents and the community that I grew-up in and am proud to represent.”

The 43-year-old was released without bail.