Los Angeles police officer is charged with lying about a motorist allegedly driving under the influence during an incident two years ago, according to officials.

“We depend on law enforcement officers, to tell the truth, especially when failure to do so jeopardizes another person’s liberty,” District Attorney George Gascón said.

Alejandro Castillo, 49, was charged with one felony count each of filing a false report and perjury.  The case was filed for warrant on July 20.

On Oct. 18, 2019, a man was driving in the Hollywood area and was stopped by the defendant for allegedly making an unsafe left turn. The driver was given a sobriety test and arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence, according to prosecutors.

Castillo is charged with filing a false report under the penalty of perjury.

The case remains under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department’s Internal Affairs Group.

By Raul

Raul Hernandez is a former journalist. He has worked as a newspaper reporter for more than 30 years at the El Paso Herald-Post, El Paso Times, Press Enterprise in Riverside, California and the Ventura County Star in California. He was a court reporter for more than 20 years.

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