SDPD detective pleads guilty to DUI crash

SAN DIEGO — A San Diego police gang detective pleaded guilty Thursday to driving under the influence and reckless driving in connection with an off-duty solo car crash he got into late last year while driving through an Allied Gardens-area neighborhood.

duiJeffrey David Blackford, an 11-year member of the San Diego Police Department, crashed an undercover law enforcement vehicle in the 7300 block of Princess View Drive early on the morning of Dec. 7, SDPD public-affairs Lt. Andra Brown said.

The wreck left him with injuries that required hospital care, she said.

According to a criminal complaint in the case, Blackford was under the influence of alcohol when he drove at least 30 mph over the posted speed limit on a freeway and 20 mph over the limit on another street or highway.

The 34-year-old officer is scheduled to be sentenced Monday morning.

Since the accident, he has been serving desk duty pending resolution of the misdemeanor charges against him.