A top Los Angeles Police Department commander was assigned to home duty pending an investigation into his car being involved in a collision and abandoned in Carson, it was reported Saturday.
The LAPD did not identify the commander, but sources told the Los Angeles Times it is Jeff Nolte, who leads a team that investigates officer-involved shootings.
Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies in Carson located the abandoned vehicle Friday morning near Avalon Boulevard and 213th Street and the LAPD took over the investigation, Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Nicole Nishida told The Times.
A source told the paper the vehicle sustained collision damage and was missing a wheel.
In a statement to The Times, LAPD spokesman Josh Rubenstein said the department “initiated an investigation regarding a traffic collision that occurred Thursday, January 24th involving one of our Command Staff officers.”
He went on to say the employee was not hurt and it was believed no one else was involved in the incident.
“We are currently working with the California Highway Patrol to determine the nature of the crash,” Rubenstein said. “The employee has been assigned home pending the outcome of the investigation.”