I noted on inlandpolitics.com that the CHP is apparently investigating why the captain was let go with no charges.
I have not been following much of anything lately due to other demands on my time but I thought I would pass along what I’ve been told. My source on this is excellent but since I was not there personally, I will label this as “rumor.”
What I was told happened is that the sergeant–watch commander I believe–was with other staff when he received the call. He made the comment, in disgust, that he had to go pick up the captain AGAIN because she got caught driving deuce AGAIN. So that indicates to me it was at least her second offense. It shouldn’t be too difficult to figure out who the watch commander was on what was probably a weekday early evening. Considering how many don’t like their captain out there, it’s hard for me to believe the name isn’t out there already.
Update: Sheriff McMahon, as I was thinking about this situation, the old ad slogan came to mind “Friends don’t let friends drive drunk.”
I have not published the captain’s name but commenters on the other blog have. Even if no one had, I think the entire department knows who she is and the relationship you and Michelle have with her and her husband.
I have no reason to doubt my sources, but to give her the benefit of the doubt, I will phrase it this way: If the accusations, even just one of them, about this captain are true, please do something about it. You are doing her no favors by covering it up. Clearly, she has a problem and needs help. You won’t be able to help her if she kills someone. Save everyone some grief and make her go to Betty Ford. I’ve been around the county long enough to remember high level county officials, such as Lynn Kirkhofer, being forced to go to Betty Ford in order to keep their jobs. You should have zero tolerance for any LEO who drIves under the influence. It is not just a mistake or poor judgment; it is a crime and it can be deadly. And unlike anyone else in her life, you are in a position to force her to get help. You know in your heart it is the right thing to do.