Police officer pleads guilty to DUI charges

WESTMINSTER, Calif. Kevin Schlueter, 37, of Costa Mesa was first arrested on March 18, 2009 after he was spotted driving erratically on the 405 near Westminster Boulevard. Officers say when they pulled him over he showed signs of drug use, including shaking hands, slurred speech and lethargy. He was found to be under the influence of prescription drugs that impaired his ability to drive. He was arrested, on driving under the influence charges and later released.

On January 21, 2010 Schlueter crashed his car through the backyard fence of a house on Oakridge Lane in Huntington Beach. Officers said he showed signs of driving under the influence of prescription drugs. He was arrested and later released.

On March 2, 2010 Schlueter was driving on Cabrillo Street in Costa Mesa when he crashed into three parked cars, tried to back up, and crashed into a fourth car. He again showed signs of being under the influence of prescription drugs and was arrested.

In a Westminster court Wednesday, Schlueter entered a guilty plea to misdemeanor charges as part of a plea bargain. He was sentenced to six to ten months in jail, with at least six months to be served in a residential drug treatment facility. He was also sentenced to five years of informal probation.

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