By Edwin Folven, 10/27/2011
An 18-year Los Angeles Police Department veteran who was pepper sprayed by a resident after he allegedly broke into a house in the city of Mentone in San Bernardino County had been charged with burglary and placed on administrative leave.
Sgt. Lucien Daigle, who was assigned to the LAPD’s Olympic Division, was taken into custody on Oct. 23 by San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department deputies after he was involved in a single vehicle collision. Deputies who responded to the crash allegedly smelled pepper spray and found some of the items taken in a burglary that occurred a short time earlier.
Daigle was allegedly surprised by the resident as he was committing the burglary, and the resident sprayed him with pepper spray used to ward off bears. The sergeant allegedly fled the residence and drove away, but crashed a few minutes later. He was arrested and booked in to the West Valley Detention Center, and later released on $125,000 bail. The LAPD has placed the sergeant on administrative leave, pending the outcome of the criminal and administrative investigations.