LA Police Officers Accused of Drive-By Shooting
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Two Los Angeles police officers were charged with shooting at a highway patrolman while he was writing a speeding ticket.
Officers Michael Herrera and Ted Teyechea, both 30, were charged Wednesday on two counts each of assault on an officer with a handgun, and two counts each of shooting at his motorcycle, said Deputy District Attorney Susan Steinfeld.
Both were free on bail. Arraignments were scheduled for today.
They also are charged with discharging a firearm with gross negligence, Steinfeld said.
If convicted of all counts, Teyechea could be sentenced to 14 years and eight months in prison, and Herrera could get 14 years.
The officers were arrested Feb. 9 after patrolman Scott Wall reported he was fired on by someone in a pickup while he was writing out a ticket on a freeway in suburban Gardena. No one was injured.
The officers were arrested after the pickup got stuck in a traffic jam.
A television station reported a test given to one officer showed his blood alcohol content was .14, while the other officer refused a test. The legal blood alcohol limit for a California driver is .08.