LAPD commander removed after suspected DUI

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Officials say Los Angeles police captain has been removed as commander of the department’s Rampart station after an arrest on suspicion of drunken driving.

Police Cmdr. Andy Smith tells the Los Angeles Times on Thursday that 25-year LAPD veteran Capt. Steve Ruiz is no longer running the station and has been given a non-field assignment pending the outcome of criminal proceedings.

California Highway Patrol Officer Saul Gomez says a CHP officer arrested Ruiz on U.S. 101 in the San Fernando Valley shortly before 1:30 a.m. on May 30.

Gomez declined to discuss the circumstances of the arrest or give the results of field sobriety or breathalyzer tests.

Ruiz was not taken to jail. His vehicle was impounded and he was released to a friend or family member.

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