Deputy arrested

There are 354 comments on the Lake County Record-Bee story from Jun 16, 2010, titled Deputy arrested. In it, Lake County Record-Bee reports that:

An on-duty Lake County Sheriff's Deputy was arrested Tuesday evening after crashing his patrol vehicle into a parked car in Hidden Valley Lake.

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Tiny

Clearlake, CA

#1 Jun 16, 2010
Its a sad state of affairs. I'm glad he crashed before he got to the main road. It is hard enough pulling out of HVL sober, let alone impaired. Mitchell has a mess on his hands along with deputy sheriff's run amuck! Time for Mitchell to be gone along with Hopkins.
hot dog

San Francisco, CA

#7 Jun 17, 2010
This does reflect on Mitchell. Mitchell is the boss and he has Supervisors (SGT) not supervising. I would LOVE to hear the tapes
crow

Milpitas, CA

#8 Jun 17, 2010
did you see this guy's mug? what a dough-head to think you could even begin to operate as a civil servant (gun holstered) in that condition. apparently no one saw him before he left the house because they could be charged with negligence.
i will give the S.O. credit for letting CHP handle the situation entirely. guess they've learned to CYA. this should be interesting....
Bird watch

United States

#11 Jun 17, 2010
That must of been hard for Tanguay, as they both live in this community. How many others officers are under the influence while trying to serve and protect?
Monarch

United States

#12 Jun 17, 2010
Just saw his mugshot, looks like real bad allergies, eyes are swollen and read. Should of went with Kenalog shot instead.
Dan

Dallas, TX

#14 Jun 17, 2010
lakesheriff.com , Recent Arrests, 2/15/2010. This dude was messed up!
Monarch

United States

#15 Jun 17, 2010
Dan wrote:
lakesheriff.com, Recent Arrests, 2/15/2010. This dude was messed up!
2-15-2010 who?
slick

Lebanon, OR

#16 Jun 17, 2010
SMITH
and yep that dude is messed up for sure
huh

Redwood Valley, CA

#17 Jun 17, 2010
crow wrote:
did you see this guy's mug? what a dough-head to think you could even begin to operate as a civil servant (gun holstered) in that condition. apparently no one saw him before he left the house because they could be charged with negligence.
i will give the S.O. credit for letting CHP handle the situation entirely. guess they've learned to CYA. this should be interesting....
Idiot... CHP handles traffic accidents in the unincorportaed area of the County. The SO didn't 'let' them handle it. And unless he lives with another cop who you going to charge with negligence?
Lowell Grant

Richmond, CA

#22 Jun 17, 2010
When it comes to mug shots, Nick Nolte is finally off the hook.
Are You Serious

Clearlake, CA

#23 Jun 17, 2010
If you are that messed up call in sick! Please stay off the road! My God what is wrong with people??
citizen

Suisun City, CA

#24 Jun 17, 2010
Oh for the goood ol' days when officers of the law were looked upon with honor and repect. LC sheriff department put an end to all that. Mitchell as the leader is accountable for his officers actions, especially while on duty! Whiel my guy, Baxter, did not make the runoff I am now left to voting got the lesser of two evils. How sad.
I must say "Kudos" to the CHP for not letting this guy off the hook.
Bruce

Union City, CA

#25 Jun 17, 2010
It would appear that the BOS may want to take another look at
the policy of taking cars home. If the citizens do not have an assurance of sober straight officers starting their shifts while in possession of those cars They may need to be checked prior to going on shift at the station, then taking control of a patrol car in the interest of public safety.
huh

Redwood Valley, CA

#26 Jun 17, 2010
Bruce wrote:
Just want to put a few facts out there that seem to have eluded our local reporters both here and in the Lake County News article. This incident was first reported on the sheriff Mitchell watch Blog page on Wednesday morning. We began looking into this at the new internet newspaper the ****. The article was posted mid afternoon.
First of all there were two blood tests taken, as reported to us by Steve Tanguay of the CHP, we interviewed him by phone and he confirmed that two blood samples were taken. He had not put this in the press release, but we had information suggesting different. As a professional officer Tanguay when asked directly if two samples were taken confirmed that the LCSO requested their own sample, for what they called their internal investigation. Neither the Record Bee nor the Lake County News articles had this information.
Next we noticed that on the booking sheet officer Smiths occupation had been left off the sheet which you view on the internet. We contacted Captain Bauman and he indicated that he was not aware of the omission on the booking sheet. He indicated he was glad we had brought this to his attention and within 20 minutes the occupation was listed as Deputy sheriff. When Captain Bauman was asked who would have authorised this omission he said he was not aware of it, and that it certainly could raise questions of a cover-up in our current environment. Captain Bauman was gracious and very forth coming in our conversation.
The Third aspect of this incident that is in the **** article is the report that was confirmed by an unnamed source at the hospital was the presence of a number of SO's who showed up at the hospital. It was reported(but not yet confirmed) that there were conversations centred around letting Smith go, of which CHP officer Garcia would have none of. We are conducting more interviews of those present at the hospital to confirm this report.
We posed this question to officer Tanguay and his response was "Let me put it this way, I have no knowledge of that happening". In subsequent conversations with one former SO, and one current SO this is the norm for LCSO in attempting to secure the release of an officer in an attempt at damage control.
Just thought you might want to know the 'Whole story" vs simply parroting the words of the standard information front men.
We would read your story, but you can't spell and yuour grammar sucks so it is too hard to follow!
Bruce

Union City, CA

#27 Jun 17, 2010
LOL ah the sour grapes syndrome, do the readers and others a favor "Huh" and go read your 5th grade weekly reader. I suspect you say "huh"to about anything that surpasses your intellectual capacity, which, well would be about anything you read. You should stop adversely effecting the readers enjoyment by your simpleton postings on these forums. Let me guess your a Mitchell supporter?
Norcal

Santa Rosa, CA

#28 Jun 17, 2010
Thanks for keeping us informed Bruce.
Rkm

Williams, CA

#29 Jun 17, 2010
Bruce they think denial is a river in Egypt . But Rodney's Empire is crumbling and thank you for keeping us informed .
to finger pointers

Bremerton, WA

#32 Jun 17, 2010
It is amazing to me to read how a lot of you want to blame an organization or an individual for one idiots mistake. I too believe cops are held to a higher standard and should live their life appropriately. I do think cops are role models or at least should try to be. However, what is a cop? They are men and women in our community and that makes them human, humans make mistakes and break the law. Look at jails and prisons and see how many ex-cops are in them for making their mistakes along with the other dirtbags in our society. The Chief of Police, Sheriff and Wardens do not do the hiring for their departments, they like any other CEO have people assigned to do that process. It is funny to me how a lot of you want to blame the Sheriff personnaly for these mistakes and group the department as a whole with being bad. If you were to talk to some of the deputies and officers that work for the department you would realize just how embarrassed and disappointed they are in the choices some of their partners have made. You would realize the ones left carrying the burden of embarrassment put on by their partners are very professional and excellent law enforcement personnel and role models. Some of you blame the Sheriff himself...wrong! Look at what the Sheriff has done with these "cops gone bad" or whatever you want to say. The Sheriff did everything right in the Perdock incident. When the incident happened he and the department had two outside organizations investigate the accident. Although the DA or whoever didn't file against Perdock, what did the department do (under the Sheriff's direction) they let Perdock go. Look at the Garzoli incident, he was let go. Recently they had an incident with a correctional officer and he was let go. Now you have this Smith idiot. Yes, we are all grateful he wasn't helping our kid or driving one of our loved ones, but it is Smith that broke the law. What did the Sheriff and his department do? They called in another outside organization to do the investigation. It is funny to me how quick some of you are to label a department or blame the Sheriff himself of something they and he had no control over. Don't blame them, blame Smith! Although he WAS a cop he is a human and we all make mistakes, again look and see how many humans are in jail and prisons, let happen what happens.
observer

AOL

#33 Jun 17, 2010
OK Bruce, MIA,Rkm, Donna, and all the Upperlake people who don't actually purchase the newspaper but use it for your own agenda...you win.
You dominate this blog so I'm no longer intersted in a "One way street" bye bye now
ABOUT TIME

Kelseyville, CA

#34 Jun 17, 2010
This poor kid has needed help for sometime now. At his early age he is on his 2nd marriage, and when he worked at the jail night shift, there were concerns of him using a substance to help him stay alert. And Im not talking about 12 cups of coffee.

Apparently several Inmates (takes one to know one "user") tagged him as a "User", and even knew his sources. No, I do not know this first hand, but I did meet the kid once, seemed personable, but my job requires me to identify those under the influence of many subtances, and by his actions, and the size of his pupils, I would have to agree, he was Tweaking. My other Info comes from a concerned friend of his.
I hope he gets the help he needs, and Mitchell dosent use him as a Campaign Casuality. I think he would be worth re-habbing and get him back being a functioning adult. God knows we have all made mistakes in our lives......... and lets give the kid a second chance.

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