Allan James Waters, Deputy Arrested for Being Drugged-Up in Crash That Hurt Elderly Lady AND Selling Fake Cocaine for Prescription Pills
We told you in March about Orange County Sheriff's Deputy Allan James Waters, who was off-duty and allegedly drugged-up when he crashed his Mercedes into a Toyota in Laguna Niguel, injuring a 78-year-old woman--just a half hour after Waters plowed into a Lexus outside Dana Point City Hall.
In announcing the arrest and charges against Waters this week, the Orange County District Attorney's Office revealed an odd twist--even odder than responding deputies who knew who Waters was letting him drive on after the first crash.
An internal probe by the sheriff's department revealed 36-year-old Waters of Laguna Niguel had allegedly dealt phony cocaine to help pay for his prescription drug addiction.
Jeez, they're really lowering the bar over at the academy, no?
He is accused of failing to stop and crashing into the back of a vehicle that had stopped at a red light in front of him on Golden Lantern Street in Dana Point around 4:45 p.m. on March 1.
Deputies, who "were aware that Waters was an OCSD employee," according to the Orange County District Attorney's Office, let their fellow deputy and the Lexus driver go about a half an hour later, after taking a report.
About seven minutes after leaving the scene of the first crash, Waters is accused of driving erratically on Golden Lantern by failing to accelerate at a green light, stopping partially in an intersection on a red light, and almost crashing into a passing motorist.
"Multiple drivers called 911 to report his driving," reports the OCDA.
He allegedly went on to swerve, hit a curb, over-correct, swerve to his left, cross over the middle lane and crash into the Toyota in the far left lane, forcing the sedan with an elderly couple inside over a planter onto the wrong side of the road, where it came to a stop facing northbound in the southbound lanes.
At the behest of responding OCSD deputies, California Highway Patrol officers arrived to investigate--and discovered that Waters displayed "objective signs of drug intoxication including slurred speech, a lack of balance, and trouble following directions."
It was later determined, prosecutors claim, that Waters was under the influence of prescription drugs Zolpidem and Hydrocodone at the time of the crash.
The Toyota driver sustained minor injuries, but the 78-year-old woman passenger was hospitalized for injuries to her back that later required surgery.
As the CHP conducted its DUI investigation, OCSD detectives looked into the drug allegations.
"On April 15, 2010, and April 30, 2010, Waters is accused of meeting a friend after arranging to receive Opanas and Oxycontin, prescription drugs, in exchange for money and cocaine," states the OCDA. "He is accused of providing the friend with a fake white powdery substance under the false pretense that it was cocaine."
Waters, who was arrested and released by the CHP after the crash, was popped for the drug deal Wednesday afternoon and held in lieu of $100,000 bail.
He now faces with one felony count of driving under the influence causing bodily injury and two felony counts of selling a substance in lieu of cocaine with a sentencing enhancement for causing great bodily injury.
If convicted, Waters could get up to seven years and four months in state prison.
He was scheduled to be arraigned today.
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