Calif. --- (NBC News) The CHP officer seen in a widely distributed video punching a woman on the side of a Southern California freeway last month was relieved of duty and sent home with pay while prosecutors weigh possible criminal charges, officials said Wednesday.
Officials have stripped CHP Officer Daniel Andrew of his badge and gun effective immediately, CHP officials said.
He has been moved from desk duty to paid time off while prosecutors review his case, said CHP Sgt. Melissa Hammond, a department spokeswoman.
He repeatedly punched Marlene Pinnock July 1 on the 10 Freeway on-ramp in Los Angeles. She was hospitalized for several weeks. She was treated for head injuries and continues to have slurred speech, according to her attorney, Caree Harper.
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