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Accuser in cop groper case arrested on suspicion of DUI

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(SAN DIEGO) The woman who accused former San Diego police officer Anthony Arevalos of groping her during a DUI traffic stop has new legal troubles, after being arrested on suspicion of drunk driving.

It was a complaint filed by that woman that led to former officer Arevalos' arrest and termination from the San Diego Police Department earlier this year.

According to the police report obtained by News 8, that key witness's blood alcohol level was allegedly twice the legal limit when she was arrested on June 6 outside Petco Park, only blocks from where Arevalos pulled her over three months earlier. It's an arrest that some legal experts say could damage her credibility in the Arevalos case.

"From what I understand from people at the scene, she was very loud and combative," said Philip Gagnon, Anthony Arevalos' original defense attorney and an expert on DUI case law.

"She was quite inebriated and apparently wearing a bikini top Monday in the Gaslamp," Gagnon said.

Gagnon, who is familiar with this recent arrest told News 8 the woman was in the Gaslamp area in her BMW convertible last Monday when she got into an altercation with parking enforcement officers.

"It got a little bit heated," Gagnon added. "Police officers came, and she was ultimately arrested for DUI charges. It's my understanding she tested twice the legal limit, .16."

This recent arrest took place only blocks from where Anthony Arevalos originally pulled her over on March 8 for suspicion of DUI, then allegedly offered not to arrest her if she gave him her panties.

The witness claims Arevalos took her to the bathroom in this downtown 7-11, where Arevalos allegedly fondled her after she removed her underwear.

She was never charged with DUI in that case but filed a complaint against Arevalos, leading to his arrest and termination from the department.

Gagnon believes her recent arrest will damage the witness's credibility in the Arevalos case.

"She's back at that location in a string bikini top at .16, so I think it is going to be a difficult situation for the prosecutor to overcome because it will certainly tend to affect the credibility that anybody might put into the testimony that she would offer about that incident with officer Arevalos," Gagnon said.

"That case is going to fall apart because her credibility is shot, I believe, after this," Gagnon added.

So far, the witness has not responded to News 8's repeated requests for comment on this story.

Following Arevalos' arrest, at least four other female victims have come forward making similar claims against Arevalos.

Anthony Arevalos has pleaded not guilty to 18 felony counts including sexual battery, assault under the color of authority and receiving a bribe during alleged DUI traffic stops dating back to September 2009.

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