LAPD Officer Freed After Arrest in Fatal DUI Crash

The Los Angeles Police Department Officer arrested after a deadly high-speed crash on the 605 freeway -- was released from jail Thursday without charges.

Edgar Omar Verduzco, 26, had been booked on suspicion of multiple counts of manslaughter and driving under the influence, and as of Thursday morning was being held at the Men’s Central Jail in Downtown L.A. in lieu of $100,000 bail.

Later in the day Verduzco's jail record was changed to show "$0" bail.

The California Highway Patrol said mid-day it would not be able to present a case to the L.A. County District Attorney’s Office within 48-hours, so Verduzco was freed pending further investigation, according to the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department.

The CHP says it will continue to investigate the case and will turns its findings over to prosecutors as soon as possible. 

Verduzco could be arrested again if criminal charges are filed.

The CHP says Verduzco was behind the wheel of a 2016 Chevy Camaro Tuesday night when he rear-ended two cars near Washington Blvd. in Santa Fe Springs.

A teenager and his parents riding in a Nissan were killed in the crash and fire. The driver of the second car wasn't seriously hurt.

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said Wednesday he was, "angry and disappointed," to learn one of his employees had been accused of causing the crash and the loss of life.

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