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LAPD Officer Involved In Possible DUI Crash (Photos)

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A Los Angeles Police Department officer who was arrested for possibly driving drunk and causing a car crash that left three dead has been released from custody. 

According to a California Highway Patrol news release, 26-year-old Edgar Verduzco of the LAPD rear-ended a 2014 Nissan and a 2010 Scion on Interstate 605 at about 10:15 p.m. on Sept. 26, reports KTLA. He was off-duty at the time and was driving a 2016 Chevy Camaro "at a high rate of speed."

The driver of the Scion, who was identified as a 31-year-old woman, suffered only minor injuries in the crash. However, the Nissan caught on fire with all three occupants trapped inside.

Paramedics arrived at the scene of the crash a short time later and pronounced all three occupants in the Nissan dead. 

As of Sept. 27, the names of the dead victims had not been released by Los Angeles County coroner's officials. They said the bodies were badly burned and it would take some time to officially identify them. 

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Family members identified the three occupants of the Nissan as Mario and Maribel Davila and their 19-year-old son, Oscar. Mario and Maribel have three other sons, who were not present in the car.

"The Department has no tolerance for driving under the influence and holds its officers to the highest standards of professionalism both on and off-duty," LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said as part of a statement that was posted to Twitter on Sept. 27. 

"It is particularly troubling when one of our own police officers violates drunk driving laws, which is why a drunk driving offense always results in a personnel complaint which can lead to dismissal," he continued in the statement, which also offered condolences to those involved in the crash. 

Beck also expressed his anger and disappointment with the officer during a news conference later that same day. 

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Verduzco suffered a broken nose in the collision and was arrested later that same night -- he was being held on $100,000 bail. However, on Sept. 28, KABC reported that he had been released from custody pending results of his blood work.

Verduzco also reportedly posted an anti-drunk driving video to Instagram hours before the crash. According to KTLA, the video was posted from what appears to be a bar and showed a cartoon avatar in a car near glasses of beer. The post also included a caption with a reminder not to drink and drive.

Authorities say that they want to have all evidence at their disposal before officially filing charges against Verduzco. When the blood work results come in, his case will be presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. 

A GoFundMe page has been set up for the Davila family and can be found here

Sources: KTLA (2), KABC, LAPD HQ/Twitter, Davila Family/GoFundMe / Featured Image: steve lyon/Flickr / Embedded Images: OnScene.TV via KTLA, KTLA

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