Off Duty Police Officer Crashes in McDonald's Drive-Through in Diamond Bar, Arrested for DUI

Los Angeles Police Officer Jonathan Chel, 29, of Fullerton, was booked on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

An off-duty Los Angeles police 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 in Diamond Bar, California Highway Patrol officials said.

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

Chel was taken into custody at a hospital, where he was treated for moderate injuries he suffered in the crash at about 1:15 a.m. at the Brea Canyon Road offramp of the eastbound Pomona (60) Freeway, CHP Officer Rodrigo Jimenez said.

According to the preliminary investigation, Chel was driving a Mazda 3 passenger vehicle on the offramp that leads to Brea Canyon Road when it crashed off the roadway and traveled across an approximately 50-foot area separating the offramp from the drive-through area of the restaurant, Jimenez said.

Los Angeles County firefighters pulled Chel from the vehicle, and he was taken to UC Irvine Medical Center for treatment of injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening, Jimenez said.

Chel was believed to be the lone occupant of the vehicle, he said.

—City News Service

art vandelay March 23, 2014 at 02:16 PM
Bottom line is I don't condone excessive force or abuse of power. Like I said though, there are always two sides to the story and you never get the full story unless you are actually there in the officers shoes. There are always a few cops that do abuse their power and in no way do I support that. I don't think there are cops out there that go to work looking to kill an innocent civilian. I just hope what I'm saying to you will open your eyes a little. If cops tell you to disperse, you disperse. If cops tell you to stop resisting, you stop. In a lot of these cases, cops are giving orders and commands and you'll see suspects are actively resisting and fighting. Joebanana, do you live in Anaheim? I don't and I can tell you from some of the stories I've heard, there are some really s**tty parts of anaheim where the gang members run wild. Like I said, these gangsters are shooting each other and wouldn't think twice about shooting a cop. Want me to find a link and post how many officers have been killed in the line of duty?
joebanana March 23, 2014 at 06:19 PM
No, I get it, I have two family members, by marriage, who are cops. One an Iraq Vet, the other that was born an.... I'll exercise some respect here, but he's got a way of seeing things that's F-ed up. The Vet is okay he needed a job after serving, and I can't blame him. He's on the gang unit, so most civilians are safe(r) No, I don't live in Anaheim, but close enough to avoid it when commuting, wont shop there. I don't hate cops, they just scare the hell out of me now, didn't used to, but way back then they rarely killed anybody, now it's an everyday occurrence. I realize they have a sh***y job, and there are a lot of sh***y people out there, I'm probably one of them, but I don't need to get shot for reaching for my wallet. The Kelly Thomas thing is hard to forget, too. I really wish I could unsee that.
art vandelay March 23, 2014 at 08:28 PM
Joebanana, I Apologize for calling you an idiot. Just frustrating when people always criticize cops and don't see the good that they do. I guess they can never win. It's pretty much damned if you do, damned if you don't. The cops will get scrutinized for everything they do. The few bad cops ruin it for the 99% of cops doing the lord's work. I don't think you have to be afraid. If you have some common sense, follow orders, aren't out committing crimes, you won't get bothered by the police. Maybe there are more shootings because there are more criminals out there who don't care who they hurt or kill.
joebanana March 23, 2014 at 08:53 PM
I've been called worse, but, hey, we cool. Forgive me if I get argumentative, I was born and raised a New Yorker, it's in the blood. Frustration is a common state for me. The fraud in the white house and a complacent congress, who have indisputable evidence obama used forged documents to get on the ballot, and usurp the US presidency, REFUSE to open their own investigation. Excuse me if I go off topic for a moment, but dereliction of duty, obstruction of justice, aiding and abetting, conspiring to commit fraud, are some pretty horrific crimes individually, but at the same time equals a crime syndicate, not a "representative government". Obama was never vetted, and committed election fraud, mail fraud, wire fraud, identity theft, cyber fraud, using forged documents to deceive, Social Security fraud, the SSN he is using was assigned to someone else, and it fails E-verify and SSNVS. He can't even be a janitor in the white house, legally. This is the biggest national security threat/breech this nation has ever faced, and "law enforcement" lets it continue on. Congress CAN'T do anything now, they're culpable. Maybe the economy has something to do with the level of desperation people are reaching these day's.
art vandelay March 23, 2014 at 10:37 PM
I see a lot of people like you nowadays, the birthers, conspiracy theorists, etc.. If that is what you guys believe, I'm not going to argue with you and try to change your mind. However, you and I both know that there are shady people in the GOP and the democratic party. Whole system is flawed. Lets just leave it at that...


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