Ex-Cal­i­for­nia po­lice chief, of­fi­cer charged with bat­tery

Imperial Valley Press - - LOCAL & REGION -

A for­mer South­ern Cal­i­for­nia po­lice chief and an of­fi­cer have been charged with at­tack­ing paramedics at a concert while they were off duty.

Orange County pros­e­cu­tors say for­mer Fullerton chief David Hen­dricks and Capt. Thomas Oliv­eras were charged Fri­day with mis­de­meanor bat­tery and re­sist­ing and ob­struct­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer.

Each could face sev­eral years in county jail if con­victed. Nei­ther is in cus­tody and it’s un­clear whether they have at­tor­neys.

Pros­e­cu­tors say the men were at a Lady An­te­bel­lum concert at Irvine’s FivePoint Am­phithe­atre in Au­gust when they got into a con­fronta­tion with two emer­gency med­i­cal tech­ni­cians who were treat­ing Hen­dricks’ wife.

Pros­e­cu­tors al­lege Hen­dricks shoved the paramedics and Oliv­eras put one in a head­lock.

They were kicked out and placed on ad­min­is­tra­tive leave. Hen­dricks re­signed last month.

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