LAPD lieutenant who re-tweeted anti-drunk-driving message charged in felony DUI

An off-duty Los Angeles Police Department lieutenant who has posted anti-drunk-driving messages online was charged with felony DUI on Wednesday in connection with a crash on the 605 Freeway in Santa Fe Springs that injured at least one person over the weekend.

Matthew Ensley was arrested at the scene late Sunday by the California Highway Patrol on suspicion of felony driving under the influence. His blood alcohol level was .20, more than twice the legal limit, according to a report by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether Ensley had been relieved of duty following his arrest.

An LAPD spokesperson confirmed Ensley had been arrested and that his most recent assignment was to the transit division, but declined to comment further.

Ensley remained in custody until Wednesday, when he made his initial court appearance at Bellflower Courthouse. Ensley, who wore a black puffer jacket, said little during the brief hearing — other than to acknowledge that he understood District Court Judge Warren Kato when the judge discussed his next court date.

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