March 7, 2011 – Tulare Police Officer Shannon Oliver was arrested last Wednesday night after she crashed her patrol vehicle into a fence near the Visalia Airport. Oliver crashed her patrol car with a blood alcohol level of 0.22 percent, nearly three times the legal limit. Oliver was off duty and not in uniform at the time of her crash. According to Tulare Police Department Captain Ed Lynn, “the vehicle did leave the roadway and struck about 50 feet of cyclone fence along the airport and a couple street signs.” Oliver was spotted walking away from the scene when a passerby called 9-11. Police then arrested Oliver and released her to a responsible party.
Tulare County District Attorney did not hesitate in the slightest in filing formal charges against Oliver on Friday, just two days following her arrest. Oliver was charged with one count of driving under the influence of alcohol, one count of having a blood-alcohol level over 0.08 percent, and a special allegation that her blood-alcohol level was above 0.15 percent.
The Officer has been placed on administrative leave at this time. The Tulare Police Department has started an internal investigation to determine if Oliver broke policy. Tulare Police Chief Jerry Breckinridge made the following statement regarding this recent incident: “Obviously, this incident saddens and disappoints me. The Tulare Police Department prides itself in maintaining professional standards and conduct.
This goes against the very grain of what we stand for and enforce. The Tulare Police Department is committed to reducing the number of drunk drivers on our roadways. This clearly demonstrates that no one is immune to the dangers of alcohol, nor are they
immune from apprehension for driving under the influence of alcohol.”
Oliver is due in court April 12th for an arraignment. If you or someone you love is arrested for DUI, it is imperative that you contact a skilled DUI attorney to help minimize the severe penalties associated. Contact the Parker Law Center today for a free consultation!