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DWP supervisor was on duty when accused of drunk driving

A supervisor at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power was on duty the day he was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving after his city truck struck three parked cars, officials said Tuesday.

Isaac Chavez, 43, has been placed on administrative leave without pay in the wake of his arrest, said DWP spokesman Joseph Ramallo, who added that the utility is conducting a “full investigation” of the incident.

"We take these matters very seriously,” Ramallo said in an e-mail. “We are conducting a full investigation into this matter and will take appropriate action when the investigation is complete."

Chavez, an electric distribution mechanic supervisor, was arrested in Van Nuys on April 25 after his DWP truck struck three vehicles parked on Kester Avenue. He was charged Monday with drunk driving.

Prosecutors said he had two open containers of what appeared to be vodka in his DWP truck at the time of the accident.

Chavez was booked at the Van Nuys jail and released on $15,000 bail. He did not respond to a request for comment.


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