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Two Los Angeles Police Department officers are charged with filing a false police report involving an alleged DUI traffic collision nearly two years ago, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday.

Prosecutors allege that the two failed to conduct a sobriety examination, and instead put the driver in their patrol vehicle, drove him home and directed him to go to sleep. But there was no word about what may have motivated the officers.

Rene Marcial Ponce, 39, and Irene Gomez, 38, pleaded not guilty last week to one felony count each of filing a false report and conspiracy to commit an act injurious to the public.

They could each face up to three years behind bars if convicted as charged, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

The two were on patrol in the Hollenbeck area on Oct. 26, 2014, when they responded to an early morning collision in the 3000 block of East Side Boulevard, in which a suspected drunken driver had smashed into two parked vehicles, according to prosecutors.

Ponce and Gomez avoided conducting a driving under the influence investigation and collectively wrote a traffic collision report in which they lied about the driver not being at the scene, the criminal complaint alleges.

Ponce had been with the LAPD for 13 years at the time, while Gomez had been with the force for three years, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Ponce and Gomez were each arrested last Wednesday morning and released from custody just under two hours later, according to jail records.

The two have been assigned to their homes pending the outcome of the case, according to the LAPD.

–City News Service

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