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2 LAPD officers lied about making DUI arrest, prosecutor says

Prosecutors charged two Los Angeles police officers Wednesday with perjury and filing a false report for allegedly lying about an arrest.

Craig Allen, 39, and Phillip Walters, 56, turned themselves in to authorities at the downtown criminal courthouse after arrest warrants were issued, said Deputy Dist. Atty. Renee Chang, of the Los Angeles County district attorney's office's Justice System Integrity Division, in a statement.

Allen and Walters, both motorcycle officers, were on patrol on Sept. 4, 2010, when they were dispatched to assist another officer who had stopped a suspected drunk driver, according the statement. They allegedly arrived at the scene 15 minutes later, but Allen stated in a written report that he had made the stop himself after watching the driver disregard two stop signs, the statement said.

Walters, who joined the LAPD in 1990, then allegedly testified months later at a hearing that he had been with Allen at the time of the traffic stop and had also observed the driver fail to stop.

It was not immediately clear how the officers were discovered or why it took nearly two years for charges to be filed.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Shelly Torrealba released the two men on their own recognizance and set their arraignment for Aug. 10. If convicted, each faces up to four years and eight months in state prison, according to the D.A.’s office.

Allen, an 11-year veteran of the department, and Walters could not be reached for comment.

A spokesman for the LAPD did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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