Former East Bay Policeman Charged with DUI and Threatening Officers

Former East Bay policeman, Brauli Rodriguez Jalapa, has been charged with three misdemeanors related to driving under the influence (DUI) and threatening peace officers. The charges come two months after his felony arrest and amidst his involvement in a federal case linked to a police corruption scandal. Rodriguez Jalapa, who previously served as an officer with the Oakland Housing Authority and Pittsburg police departments, is accused of participating in a scheme to defraud the city of Pittsburg by paying someone to take college classes on his behalf and receiving incentive pay for city employees with college degrees.

The Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office has charged Rodriguez Jalapa with two counts of DUI and one count of threatening a peace officer. His arrest took place in Clayton last February when officers found him asleep behind the wheel. Upon being awakened, Rodriguez Jalapa displayed belligerent behavior towards the officers. Following this incident, his lawyer stated that he promptly enrolled in rehab and expressed remorse for his actions.

Rodriguez Jalapa is scheduled to appear in court for an arraignment on May 9. He is currently out of custody, having used his Contra Costa County home as bond collateral in his federal case. The former officer had a brief stint with the Pittsburg police in 2017 but spent the majority of his ten-year career with the Oakland Housing Authority Police. Reports indicate that he continued working in law enforcement even after his arrest in Brentwood in July 2021 for public intoxication, which violated the OHA department’s policies.

In the federal case, Rodriguez Jalapa is accused of paying $12,130 in tuition to California Coastal University and subsequently seeking reimbursement from the Oakland Housing Authority police department based on fraudulent coursework completed by another individual. If convicted, he could face up to 20 years in federal prison. Patrick Berhan, a former colleague, has already pleaded guilty in the fraud scheme and implicated Rodriguez Jalapa as one of the other participants. Samantha Genoveva Peterson, a former Antioch community services officer, has also pleaded guilty and awaits sentencing.

Author: CrimeDoor

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