A 16-year veteran of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has been placed on leave after he got drunk, sat in the front of a tamale vendor’s car and was disarmed by bystanders, authorities said.
The deputy, whose name was not released by authorities, was relieved of duty with pay Wednesday as sheriff’s officials moved forward with an administrative investigation, sheriff’s spokeswoman Nicole Nishida said.
The deputy, who was off-duty at the time, was briefly detained about 1:11 a.m. May 2 by Sacramento police.
He was visiting the area to attend law enforcement memorial events that were scheduled that week, said Sgt. Bryce Heinlein, a Sacramento Police Department spokesman.
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