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Park Ranger Crashes Patrol Car, Flees The Scene (Video)

| by Michael Allen

A California park ranger was caught on video (below) driving his SUV away from the scene of a crash on Oct. 27 in Oroville.

California Highway Patrol investigators say Daniel Kenney went off the road, hit a speed limit sign and crashed into a parked car, which caused both vehicles to slam into a power pole, breaking it in half, notes KNVN.

CHP would not confirm that Kenney is a park ranger, but a state parks office told the news station that he is indeed a ranger.

After the crash, Kenney reportedly pulled into a gas station, and then drove away.

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Witnesses to the crash yelled for Kenney to stop, but he allegedly only stopped for a red light, and then kept going.

According to CHP, Kenney was soon pulled over by Oroville police, who put him in handcuffs and took him to a CHP station.

CHP determined Kenney was not under the influence. He was later turned over to state park supervisors, and taken to a hospital for a medical exam.

After the power pole was taken down in the crash, 1,128 people lost electricity, which had to be repaired by PG&E employees who worked until 2 a.m. to restore power.

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Kenney was placed on paid administrative leave, Photography Is Not A Crime report.

The California Parks website notes that Kenney and his K-9 companion, Kilo, won a 2012 Top Dog Award:

The Top Dog Award is presented to the team demonstrating the best discipline, teamwork, and overall skills. Ranger Kenney and 'Kilo' have been a K-9 team since 2007 and work at the Twin Cities District's Clay Pit and Prairie City SVRAs. K-9 'Kilo' is trained in officer protection, suspect apprehension, searching, tracking, and narcotics detection.

Sources: KNVN, California State ParksPhotography Is Not A Crime / Photo credit: Amun Ra/YouTube

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