Two Off-Duty LAPD Officers Arrested in Separate Incidents

One is suspected of drunken driving, the other of child abuse.

Two LAPD officers are in trouble with the law in other jurisdictions. Patch file photo.
Two LAPD officers are in trouble with the law in other jurisdictions. Patch file photo.

It was a bad day to be a Los Angeles police officer in other jurisdictions.

In Diamond Bar, an off-duty LAPD officer was arrested today on suspicion of drunken driving after he crashed a vehicle into a drive-through area of a McDonald's restaurant near a freeway, California Highway Patrol officials said.

Jonathan Chel, 29, of Fullerton, was booked on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, the CHP reported.

LAPD officials would not say at which station Chel serves.

Chel was taken into custody at a hospital, where he was treated for moderate injuries he suffered in 1:15 a.m. crash. Chel was believed to be the lone occupant of the vehicle, he said.

In Orange County, an LAPD officer has been charged with child abuse for repeatedly striking a teen relative, leaving welts and bruises, for poor grades and behavior.

Daniel Hun Chun, 39, is charged with one felony count of child abuse and one felony count of corporal injury on a child and faces a maximum sentence of six years in state prison, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s office.

He is out of custody on $100,000 bail. LAPD officials would not say where Chun serves. 

Chun is accused of committing the crime while off-duty, officials said. At approximately 4 p.m. on March 13, Chun allegedly hit a teen relative with a variety of household items in the shoulders, back, and buttocks. He is accused of leaving welts and bruises on the victim.  

A school counselor noticed the child’s injuries and reported it to police, according to the OCDA.

--City News Service contributed to this report.


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