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By R. Stickney and Artie Ojeda
|  Saturday, May 28, 2011  |  Updated 9:20 AM PDT
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An off-duty San Diego police officer was questioned by Chula Vista police last week regarding a possible case of driving under the influence.

The 19-year veteran officer has been placed on unpaid administrative leave following an incident on Friday, May 20.

Chula Vista police received a DUI call from a citizen around 5 p.m. Officers tracked down the vehicle in question on Ithaca Court in Chula Vista and questioned the off-duty SDPD officer.

NBCSanDiego knows the identity of the officer but, as we have in previous cases, we are not identifying the officer unless charges are filed.

The officer works at the range in the training division of the police department.

NBCSanDiego has also learned he has been convicted of driving under the influence once before. All SDPD officers face termination if twice convicted of a DUI, sources said.

San Diego police spokesperson Lt. Andra Brown would only say the officer was being investigated for off-duty conduct.

Chula Vista police spokesperson Bernard Gonzales issued a release Friday that said investigators did not make an arrest but intend to forward the case to the San Diego County District Attorney's office for review.

This is the latest in a series of incidents involving criminal investigations and San Diego police officers.

The most serious allegations include two former officers who face charges in separate sexual battery and rape cases.

See our special section Trouble Behind the Badge for coverage on the investigations and San Diego Police Chief William Lansdowne's plan to regain the community's trust in his officers.

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