Officer in DUI case denies charge

first_img “I was not drunk,” he said. “I don’t drink.” He said the incident began when he swerved Sunday afternoon to avoid hitting another motorist who slammed on his brakes. An officer who passed by witnessed the near collision and pulled Gossh over, he said. When Gossh identified himself as an officer and said he had a gun in the car, he said the officer stuck his finger about an inch away from his nose and said, “You’re drunk. You’re drunk. You’re drunk” before ordering him out of the car and up against a fence. He said he blew a 0.00 into a Breathalyzer and also gave a urine test, the results of which were not immediately available. He said he was cited to appear in court and is considering filing a wrongful arrest lawsuit against the department. A department spokesman declined to comment, saying the case involved personnel issues. ARLETA – An off-duty LAPD officer who arrests DUI suspects for a living found himself on the other end this weekend when he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs, police said this morning. Brian Lawrence Gossh, 27, was booked into the Los Angeles County Jail on misdemeanor DUI charges and released. There were no injuries, said Officer Karen Smith, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department. He was arrested about noon Sunday on Van Nuys Boulevard at Arleta Avenue, police said. In an interview before noon today, Gossh, who’s assigned to the Valley Traffic Division, called the charges “ridiculous.” Gossh was featured in a Daily News story published in 2000, when he was a cadet at the Police Academy. In it, he said he’d previously worked as a waiter and in the hotel, travel and commercial real estate industries in his native Austin, Texas before coming to L.A. As a gay man, he said, he was attracted by the domestic partner benefits offered by the LAPD. “I knew the LAPD had close relationships, like a family,” he said at the time. “When I was growing up, officers helped me; every time there was a call, they were there to help me. And I want to give that back to the community.” For up-to-date news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more