Strange chase

State Parks sergeant pleads no contest to evading police

On Wednesday (April 5), Daniel Kenney—a former California State Parks sergeant—pleaded no contest to a felony charge of evading a police officer while driving recklessly and misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance and hit and run.

On Oct. 27, Oroville Police responded to an accident at the intersection of Oro Dam Boulevard and Oro Quincy Highway, according to a press release from Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey. Officers found Kenney unconscious at the wheel of his State Parks vehicle, which had struck an unoccupied vehicle and a power pole. He then woke up and drove away. Police followed as Kenney reached speeds of 60 mph in zones marked 35 mph; traffic eventually forced him to stop, and he was arrested.

A follow-up investigation determined that Kenney had been taking Tramadol, a pain medication prescribed for his State Parks dog. Kenney resigned last month and faces a maximum of three years in prison.