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Sheriff's Deputy's Lakeside Crash Under Review

An internal affairs investigation will decide whether Deputy Adewale Olukoju is punished after he drove into a Marguerite light pole at 70-75 MPH.

The deputy who crashed into a light pole near Lake Mission Viejo is being reviewed by the Orange County Sheriff's Department's Internal Affairs Unit.

Deputy Adewale Olukoju, 44, who was not wearing a seatbelt when he sped 70-75 MPH into a light pole in June, continues to collect a paycheck during the investigation, OCSD Lt. Jeff Hallock said.

Olukoju has not returned to work though, Hallock said, because he is on leave for worker's compensation.

Olukoju was ejected from his police cruiser after he crashed while traveling south on Marguerite near Vista Del Lago. He was not responding to an emergency, authorities said. The deputy is not suspected of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash.

A traffic investigation of the crash has been completed by the OCSD, but the investigation report will not be released to the public, Hallock said.

"The law says you can't release certain things in a peace officer's file," he said.

The internal affairs investigation began a "month or two ago," Hallock said. The investigation could take as long as one year, but is more likely to be concluded in a few months, he said.

"Internal affairs takes any kind of misconduct by any employee extremely seriously," he said. "It will go through the process and the proper discipline will be given if he is found at fault."

Olukoju was not placed on administrative leave, often the first step before a county employee is fired.

S L S October 01, 2013 at 12:57 PM
The investigation could take as long as a year - ????? If it were one of us tax paying public citizens, the investagation would take about 6 weeks...... Decide if he shold be punished - ????? He was driving 70-75 MPH on Margaritte and NOT responding to an emergency. This is called "excess speed" and if you or I received a citation for this it would probably be in the neighborhood of an $800 fine including court costs and assessments. Plus some extra for not wearing a seat belt. MEANWHILE - He is still collecting a paycheck (from US taxpayers) for sitting at home and watching Oprah. PLUS, whatever the outcome is, he will collect disability, again paid for by US - for an accident he caused. While I do applaud him for his chosen profession......Law Enforcement or not, he should be held to the same standards and punishment as we would if any of US should happen to hit a light pole while speeding out of control down Margarite.
Another Opinion October 01, 2013 at 10:57 PM
I am so appalled by this situation. Olukoju was being wreckless and irresponsible. No seatbelt? Speeding but not responding to a call? Could you imagine what would have happened had he hit another vehicle? Talk about a lawsuit! "The proper discipline will be given if he is found at fault." There is so much wrong with this statement. "IF" he is found at fault? I'm speechless. "DISCIPLINE"? That better include "up to an including termination." He needs to be fired - sooner rather than later.

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