Former Downey officer charged in 2018 hit-and-run crash in Long Beach

Charges were filed Friday against a man for a 2018 road-rage incident that involved two other vehicles in Long Beach.

Peter Mendoza, an off-duty Downey police officer at the time of the crash, was charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon and one count of hit-and-run driving resulting in an injury to another person, the LA County District Attorney’s office said.

On Oct. 22, 2018, Mendoza was driving his truck in the Lakewood area where he allegedly struck a car carrying two people on a freeway onramp, causing the driver to lose control of his car and hit another vehicle, the DA said.

Mendoza allegedly fled the scene, and both drivers and their passengers suffered moderate injuries, according to the DA.

The case was filed for a warrant on Sept. 17, and Mendoza’s arraignment was scheduled for Friday.

Prosecutors are recommending the bail to be set at $110,000, and if convicted as charged, Mendoza faces a possible maximum sentence of five years and eight months in state prison, according to the DA.

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