Stacey Koon, the Los Angeles Police Department sergeant convicted in the Rodney King beating case in 1993, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol in Castaic Wednesday, according to California Highway Patrol officials.
“On May 1 at approximately 15:30 hours, the former Los Angeles Police Department Sergeant Stacey Koon was involved in a two-vehicle collision,” said Sgt. Kenneth Wallace of the Newhall CHP Office.
“It was his vehicle versus a parked vehicle on Heatherwood Lane at Greenwood Place in the Castaic area of northern Los Angeles County,” Wallace said.
“Koon was the only party involved, and there were no visible or sustained injuries,” he said.
“During the investigation, the investigating officer determined that Mr. Koon had been and was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the collision,” Wallace said.
“Mr. Koon was subsequently arrested for violation of 23152(a) of the California Vehicle Code, driving under the influence of alcohol, per 40300.5 of the Vehicle Code, which means he was in or about the vehicle involved in the collision under the influence of alcohol,” Wallace said.
Koon remained polite and cooperative throughout the investigation, he said.
“Following a chemical (blood) test, Mr. Koon was medically cleared, cited and released with a future court date,” Wallace said.
Media reports that Koon was transported to the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station and booked there are inaccurate, Wallace said.
Koon, now 67 and a Castaic resident, and two of three other LAPD defendants in the March 3, 1991 beating of motorist Rodney King were acquitted of excessive force charges by a jury in Simi Valley on April 29, 1992, precipitating riots in parts of Los Angeles.
In a subsequent federal trial in March 1993, Koon was convicted by a jury of violating King’s civil rights and sentenced to 30 months in prison.
Koon was released on October 15, 1995 to a halfway house in Riverside County.