San Jose police officer arrested after possible DUI in Hayward accident

Posted: May 18, 2022

HAYWARD, CA (May 11, 2022) – A San Jose police officer was arrested following a two-vehicle accident on suspicion of DUI. 

The California Highway Patrol responded to the DUI accident that took place around 3:43 a.m. on the southbound side of I-880 north of Tennyson Road. Officers speaking with witnesses say that the San Jose police officer was responsible for the crash and was screened for DUI. 

The off-duty officer was determined to have been under the influence of alcohol and was arrested. He was cited for the offense and released later that day. 

San Jose police officer Steve Aponte did confirm that an off-duty officer was arrested that day for a possible DUI, although the name of the offending officer wasn’t released due to an ongoing investigation. At the time of his statement, Aponte said that the officer in question was not placed on administrative leave.

Liability In Hayward DUI Car Accidents

It is illegal to operate a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Pursuant to California Vehicle Code 23152, “(a) It is unlawful for a person who is under the influence of any alcoholic beverage to drive a vehicle. (b) It is unlawful for a person who has 0.08 percent or more, by weight, of alcohol in his or her blood to drive a vehicle.” Even small amounts of alcohol can substantially impair drivers in the following ways:

  • Delayed reaction times
  • Loss of muscle control
  • Impaired judgment
  • Lowered alertness

The family of any victim that has been injured or killed in a collision with a drunk driver may have legal recourse through a bodily injury or wrongful death claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. A wrongful death attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.

Investigating A Hayward DUI Car Accident

Any person that may have information about what happened should reach out to the police. A thorough investigation must be conducted for the sake of all those who may have suffered damages in this negligent accident.

Do you need more information about an accident that took place in Hayward? There are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. Whether you just have legal questions or need more information about an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 395-7234.


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