LBPD sergeant arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, department says

A sergeant with the Long Beach Police Department was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol last week, the department confirmed today.

Police said Sgt. Timothy Luke Everts was taken into custody around 11:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 17, near the intersection of East 8th Street and Coronado Avenue, which is just west of Redondo Avenue.

“Sergeant Everts was off-duty driving a personal vehicle at the time of the incident,” police said in a statement, adding that he was booked into the Signal Hill jail, something the department typically does when arresting its own employees.

Long Beach police have said they do this to avoid conflicts of interest. In this case, however, it also meant Everts’ name didn’t appear on either Signal Hill police or Long Beach police’s publicly distributed arrest logs.

Long Beach police confirmed Everts’ arrest after being contacted by the Post but declined to say how officers came into contact with Everts Friday night or whether he’d been involved in a traffic collision.

Everts, 50, was released on his own recognizance early Sunday morning, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s jail records system.

Long Beach police said Everts remains employed by the department but declined to say whether he is on leave.

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Jeremiah Dobruck is managing editor for the Long Beach Post. He began his journalism career in 2007 as an intern at Palos Verdes Peninsula News and has worked for The Forum Newsgroup in New York City, the Daily Pilot and the Press-Telegram.