LOS ANGELES, Calif.–A Los Angeles police sergeant arrested Sunday on suspicion of breaking into a woman’s home is on paid leave today, pending an investigating.
San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies arrested Lucien Daigle, 44, of Highland, Sunday evening not far from the woman’s home in the 8900 block of Tres Lagos Drive near Redlands, sheriff’s Sgt. Paul Morrison said.
The woman, who was not identified, told deputies she came home from walking her dogs, found her back door open and a man inside, Morrison said.
The woman sprayed Daigle with some pepper spray meant to repel bears, and he ran off about 6:20 p.m., Morrison said. Shortly afterward, Daigle crashed a car at Greenspot Road and Santa Ana Truck Road and was arrested in the break-in. The car reeked of pepper spray, he said.
Daigle has worked for the Los Angeles Police Department for 18 years and is assigned to the Olympic Station. Bail is set at $125,000, and he is scheduled to be in court later today, Morrison said.