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Phoenix officer accused of leaving the scene of a crash

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A Phoenix Police officer has been accused of leaving the scene of an accident. Gilbert Police also say this cop may have been driving under the influence.

Gilbert Police say they can't arrest him for a DUI because he left the scene of the accident.

He allegedly told officers someone else was driving. By the time police figured out he was the suspected driver, it was too late to give him a blood alcohol test.

Officer Usiel Molina was allegedly driving when his car went over a curb and slammed into a guard rail. Molina is now accused of leaving the scene of an accident and lying about it.

Police say Molina was speeding near Anderson Lane and Sexton St in Gilbert when he lost control. It happened at 2 a.m. Saturday.

Nancy Luby heard a car screeching down the road and looked out the window. A few seconds later, he hit the rail.

"I'm thinking cheese and crackers, this guy is going to hit my wall… I heard the impact later on and I thought, oh oh he hit another car or I thought it was a car," she said.

The car slammed into a guardrail and kept going. Police say Molina drove through a greenbelt and onto another street before he abandoned his car. Police caught up with Molina walking nearby. He was off-duty.

Officers say Molina smelled like alcohol and was slurring. He allegedly told them his buddy was driving his car and he was the passenger. Police let Molina go and officers went his buddy's house. But his buddy denied being there at all. He told police Molina was driving and had dropped him off earlier that night.

David Dalton spent the day fixing the guardrail. Neighbors say Eagle Scouts who live in the neighborhood put up this guardrail earlier this year and were sad to see it torn down.

"Looks like somebody was out of control. Tore the concrete up and the railing… 50 or 60 miles an hour coming down the street," said Dalton.

Molina has been a Phoenix Police officer for the past five years. He's on desk duty until an internal investigation is complete.

The case has been forwarded to Gilbert city prosecutors.

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