Crime & Justice

LAPD employee arrested as DUI suspect in crash that killed 3

A hybrid police car is seen at the unveiling of two new Ford Fusion hybrid pursuit-rated Police Responder cars at Los Angeles Police Department headquarters on April 10, 2017.
A hybrid police car is seen at the unveiling of two new Ford Fusion hybrid pursuit-rated Police Responder cars at Los Angeles Police Department headquarters on April 10, 2017.
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A Los Angeles Police Department employee was arrested on suspicion of a DUI after three people were killed in a fiery multi-vehicle crash on the 605 Freeway.

The three vehicles collided around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday near Washington Boulevard in Whittier, KPCC's media partner NBC4 reports.

The LAPD employee has been identified as 26-year-old Edgar Verduzco of Santa Ana, who was arrested on $100,000 bond. 

The victims were a teenage boy and his parents. Verduzco rear ended the family and another car while driving under the influence. 

The California Highway Patrol said one of at least three cars burst into flames in the collision. The family died in a burning car at the scene of the crash.

"My heart goes out to the victims and the families, and I cannot tell you how angry and disappointed I am that a Los Angeles police officer would disregard the law and cause an accident with such awful, awful consequences," said LAPD Chief Charlie Beck.

Southbound lanes were closed for several hours as lanes were cleared and officers investigated, but those lanes reopened Wednesday morning.

Verduzco has been with the department for about two years, and he faces felony DUI and vehicular manslaughter charges.

This story has been updated.