A California Highway Patrol officer is facing misdemeanor charges for allegedly accessing a law enforcement database to help a friend, authorities said Friday.

Todd Steaffens, 43, was charged Thursday with three counts of computer access and fraud and three counts of disclosing Department of Motor Vehicle information without authorization, according to Kimberly Edds, a spokeswoman for the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.

Steaffens could face up to three years in jail if convicted.

Steaffens, who has worked for the CHP since 2007, was accused of accessing the records at the agency’s Westminster office between February and July of last year, Edds said.

He allegedly did so at the request of a friend who owns a Los Angeles automotive company and wanted information on vehicles he was considering buying, according to Edds.

Steaffens is scheduled to be arraigned April 21.

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