Off-duty officer arrested on DUI charge after crashing into house
An off-duty Beverly Hills police officer was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence Tuesday night after officials said he crashed his pickup into a Simi Valley home and power pole before the vehicle landed upside down on a retaining wall.
When Simi Valley police officers arrived at the intersection of Royal and Blackstock avenues just after 10:20 p.m., bystanders had already helped Jeffrey Sweet, 42, out of his truck, according to the Simi Valley Police Department.
Sweet was taken to Simi Valley Hospital after complaining of pain, but no one else was hurt in the incident, police said.
Officers arrested Sweet after he showed "[symptoms] consistent with his being under the influence," authorities said. He was booked at the Ventura County Jail after he was medically cleared.
Sweet's truck hit a gas service line to a house, prompting the evacuation of two homes as Ventura County firefighters closed the line, police said. Royal Avenue was closed as crews cleaned up debris and repaired damaged power poles, police said, adding that motorists should avoid the roadway until noon Wednesday.
Investigators said they believe that Sweet -- who authorities said is a Simi Valley resident -- missed a curve on Blackstock Avenue, causing the crash.
The Beverly Hills Police Department assisted with the investigation, officials said.
-- Kate Mather
Photo: Firefighters work Tuesday night at the scene of a single-vehicle crash involving an off-duty Beverly Hills police officer who was later arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. Credit: Simi Valley Police Department