Suspected DUI Driver That Killed LAPD Officer Had Prior Convictions

The NBC4 I-Team has learned that 33-year-old Qaneak Shaley Cobb faced misdemeanor prostitution charges dating back to 2004 as well as felony convictions for drug possession and grand theft.

By Samia Khan and Gordon Tokumatsu
|  Friday, Apr 11, 2014  |  Updated 7:34 AM PDT
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An NBC4 I-Team investigation has revealed that the woman being blamed for the gruesome auto accident that killed LAPD Officer Chris Cortijo faced prior convictions for drug possession and grand theft. Gordon Tokumatsu has more on the investigation into Qaneak Cobb's past for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 10, 2014.

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An NBC4 I-Team investigation has revealed that the woman being blamed for the gruesome auto accident that killed LAPD Officer Chris Cortijo faced prior convictions for drug possession and grand theft. Gordon Tokumatsu has more on the investigation into Qaneak Cobb's past for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 10, 2014.

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Mourning Continues for Motorcycle Officer Killed in Crash

A court hearing was held for Qaneak Shaney Cobb, 33, on Thursday in San Fernando. Cobb, in court on unrelated charges, is suspected of driving under the influence of cocaine when she struck LAPD Officer Chris Cortijo this weekend. Meanwhile, mourning continues for Cortijo, who died in the crash.
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The suspected DUI driver who killed an LAPD motorcycle officer had prior convictions for drug possession and grand theft, the NBC4 I-Team has learned.

Qaneak Shaney Cobb, 33, of Pacoima has been charged with one felony count each of driving under the influence of a drug causing injury and possession of a controlled substance following Saturday’s collision, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Cobb was allegedly under the influence and in possession of cocaine when the SUV she was driving collided with LAPD Officer Christopher Cortijo’s motorcycle in North Hollywood, pinning the victim between two vehicles.

Cortijo was in a medically-induced coma in critical but stable condition Sunday, but succumbed to his injuries and died Wednesday.

Cobb was supposed to appear in court Wednesday to answer a bench warrant but did not show. She was a no show to a prostitution charge last November, according to an NBC4 report.

Cobb faces misdemeanor prostitution charges dating back to 2004.

The NBC4 I-Team also found that Cobb faced felony convictions – grand theft in 2007 as well as arrests for selling and transporting drugs in the county of Los Angeles.

Cobb has pleaded not guilty to all the recent charges. She is expected back in the San Fernando Court in June.

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