Newport Beach police officer arrested

A Newport Beach police officer was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving over the weekend in Los Angeles County, according to arrest records provided Tuesday by the California Highway Patrol.

Monica Aguilar was arrested Friday night on the eastbound 10 Freeway at Crenshaw Boulevard in Arlington Heights, a Los Angeles neighborhood.

Aguilar was pulled over about 9:25 p.m. for driving with tinted windows, according to the CHP.

While talking to her, the officer reported noticing signs that Aguilar was intoxicated and gave her a field sobriety exam, said CHP Officer John Harris.

After the field sobriety test, Aguilar was arrested and taken back to a CHP office in Los Angeles, where she was given a Breathalyzer test that showed her blood alcohol level was .08 or greater, which is above the legal limit, according to the charges on which she was booked three hours later.

CHP officials declined to give her exact blood alcohol level, citing an ongoing investigation.

Aguilar’s address listed in the arrest record is for the Newport Beach Police Department, 870 Santa Barbara Drive.

Aguilar’s car, which is not a Newport Beach city vehicle, was parked on the street instead of being impounded, Harris said. She was later picked up by a third party.

Newport Beach police officials declined to comment on the incident, saying it was a personnel matter. Details on Aguilar’s tenure with the department and whether she was placed on administrative leave were not immediately available.

The Daily Pilot has filed a public records request for more information about the case.

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