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Jun 21, 2013 2:43 PM by Associated Press

Cops excused for not reporting detective's DUI

SAN DIEGO (AP) - No criminal charges will be filed against four San Diego police officers who delayed reporting a crash by a drunken detective.

U-T San Diego (http://bit.ly/19lEtWd ) says the county district attorney's office has decided not to prosecute three police sergeants and a detective who waited hours to report the December crash.

Another detective, Jeffrey Blackford, was off duty when he crashed his undercover police car into a utility box.

Instead of reporting the incident, Blackford called two off-duty friends, who called two colleagues. A formal investigation wasn't launched for two hours.

Blackford pleaded guilty in April to misdemeanor drunken driving. He was sentenced to DUI classes and 25 days of public work service.

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