SDPD Officer Allowed Delayed BAC Test after DUI Stop

By Dave Summers
|  Monday, Dec 2, 2013  |  Updated 10:58 PM PDT
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Officer Allowed Delayed BAC Test after DUI Stop

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Officer Amanda Estrada was pulled over on Rancho Bernardo Road Nov. 3.

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A second San Diego police officer in the past year, suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol, is cited and sent home without incarceration.

In both cases, there was a delay in the time it took to test their blood alcohol content.

The California Highway Patrol says first-year officer Amanda Estrada, 27, was cited Nov. 3 for allegedly operating a motor vehicle intoxicated.

The citation indicates she was scheduled for a court appearance Monday, but it was postponed.

CHP officer Jake Sanchez says Estrada was pulled over for suspicion of drunk driving on Rancho Bernardo Road, just east of Interstate 15.

Estrada's blood alcohol level was just below the legal limit of .08.

Sanchez tells NBC7 those results came from a test administered at the CHP San Diego offices, not in Rancho Bernardo.

The officer was cited for DUI and sent home from there, with a designated driver.

One year ago, Gang Unit Detective Jeffrey Blackford slammed his undercover car into a roadside utility box.

Court records show the investigation into the crash was delayed several hours while Blackford contacted friends within the police department.

Blackford's blood alcohol test was delayed three hours.

He was sentenced to probation and community service after pleading guilty to drunk driving.

Blood alcohol below the legal limit could open the door to a lesser charge.
San Diego police spokesman Gary Hasen says an internal investigation will follow the results the criminal investigation.

Estrada is currently assigned to administrative duties while the case is pending.

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