- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 19, 2016

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A veteran Las Vegas police officer is facing felony driving under the influence and hit-and-run charges following a series of three crashes while he was off-duty on a busy stretch of Interstate 15.

Prosecutor Brian Rutledge said Tuesday that Officer Antonio Munoz is due in court Wednesday on charges that also include several misdemeanors.

The Nevada Highway Patrol says a passenger in one vehicle was seriously hurt in one of the crashes early Saturday on the freeway near the Las Vegas Strip and downtown.

Munoz also was hurt, and was hospitalized after troopers stopped him in a white GMC Yukon that officials say had damage apparently resulting from the crashes.

Munoz has been a police officer since September 2000. A police spokesman says he’ll be suspended without pay pending a departmental investigation.

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