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Police detective pleads not guilty to DUI charges

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A San Diego police gang detective accused of driving drunk and crashing his undercover police car while off-duty late last year pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a pair of misdemeanor DUI charges.

Jeffrey David Blackford, 34, entered his not guilty plea via facsimile in San Diego Superior Court, according to a spokeswoman for the City Attorney's Office. A readiness conference was scheduled for March 27.

Blackford, an 11-year member of the San Diego Police Department, was driving an undercover police car when he got into a solo crash in the 7300 block of Princess View Drive in Allied Gardens 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.

Blackford is serving desk duty pending resolution of the case.

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