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Off-Duty Cop Investigated in Traffic Accident

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    A San Diego police officer is under investigation for a Serra Mesa traffic accident that happened two months ago.

    The unidentified off-duty officer may have been involved in a Feb. 22 accident at around 6:30 p.m. near the Murray Ridge Road on-ramp to northbound Interstate 805, according to an incident report released by police.

    A brown GMC struck a car and then got back onto the highway, according to the report.

    CHP officers said the reporting driver told emergency dispatchers she believed she “was just hit by a DUI driver.”

    The incident report shows a male witness called in a license plate for the suspect vehicle.

    Now, the case has been referred to the District Attorney’s office for further review.

    San Diego police spokesperson Andra Brown told NBCSanDiego that although no arrest has been made, there is an on-going investigation involving the off-duty conduct of a San Diego police officer.

    The case has been referred to the District Attorney's office for further review, Brown said.

    “There is also an on-going personnel investigation that we are not at liberty to discuss,” she said in a prepared statement.

    There have been several incidents this year where a San Diego police officer has been arrested or placed on leave pending a criminal investigation.

    Two high-profile cases involve active duty officers accused of sex crimes.

    Officer Anthony Arevalos, 40, an 18-year veteran of the San Diego Police Department, faces multiple charges for accused sexual battery, false imprisonment and assault under the color of authority stemming from traffic stops between 2009 and 2011.

    Another SDPD officer, who was accused of raping a Point Loma Nazarene University student, resigned in March citing personal reasons. The unidentified officer had already been suspended without pay after the accusation was made.

    NBCSanDiego is choosing not to identify the former officer because he's not yet been charged with a crime.