A deputy from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Special Enforcement Bureau (SEB) has been charged with attempting to cover up a patrol vehicle crash of a fellow SEB deputy, who was allegedly driving under the influence and was separately charged with that crime earlier this year, District Attorney George Gascón announced.
“A law enforcement officer obstructing an investigation into unlawful conduct by another deputy undermines the integrity of the justice system,” Gascón said. “We will hold accountable both the officer who committed misconduct and those who participated in covering it up. No one is above the law, especially not those that are sworn to uphold it.”
Deputy Gregory Davis, 54, was charged with one felony count of conspiracy to obstruct justice, one misdemeanor count of giving false information to a peace officer, and three misdemeanor counts of delaying and/or obstructing an investigation, according to the District Attorney’s Office. Davis is expected to surrender on Sept. 27.
On Aug. 26, 2022, Deputy Carlos Lopez was off-duty when he crashed his marked SUV in Stevenson Ranch while allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol. [Read more here.] Davis arrived, allegedly pulled his fellow deputy’s limp body out of the crashed SUV, and placed him in the vehicle of his fellow deputy’s wife, who drove him home.
Prosecutors say Davis, who was also off-duty at the time, then attempted to move the deputy’s SUV before an off-duty LAPD officer passing by called authorities. Davis initially did not identify himself as an off-duty deputy. Davis works for a specialized unit that includes the department’s High-Risk Tactical/Rescue Teams.
The case is being investigated by the Internal Criminal Investigations Bureau of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s and the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Justice System Integrity Division.
[Information via news release from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.]