More trouble for Feaster

Former Paradise policeman pleas not guilty to manslaughter just days after arrest for public intoxication

On Wednesday morning (March 16), Patrick Feaster (pictured) pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter at Butte County Superior Court in the shooting death of Andrew Thomas last Thanksgiving weekend.

Feaster was a Paradise police officer who followed Thomas from the now-closed Canteena bar the night of Nov. 25 on suspicion of driving under the influence. While speeding down Pearson Road, Thomas’ SUV hit a median and flipped. Thomas was attempting to exit the vehicle when Feaster aimed and fired his sidearm, hitting Thomas in the neck and paralyzing him. The incident was caught on Feaster’s dashcam.

Feaster, who faced no criminal charges until after Thomas died Dec. 19, was arrested Sunday (March 13) on charges of being drunk and disorderly. He was subsequently ordered to not drink alcohol or enter any drinking establishments.