Picture Credit score: Fresno Police Dept.

A California police sergeant was arrested after he crashed his patrol car whereas beneath the affect of crystal meth that he stole from a theft suspect.

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Fresno Police Dept. Sgt. Donald Dinell was arrested Tuesday after turning himself in for crashing a police car on Dec. 30 and examined constructive for fentanyl. In keeping with Police Chief Paco Balderrama, Dinell stole crystal meth laced with fentanyl from a lady who was concerned in a theft hours earlier than the incident. He confronted costs of DUI, drug possession, and theft. The 20-year police veteran is at the moment on paid administrative go away however later positioned bond.

Balderrama additionally stated Dinell didn’t fill out a report concerning the crash and his physique digicam didn’t present any recorded footage. Police on the scene initially thought he had a medical emergency i.e. a coronary heart assault whereas behind the wheel however assumed he was uncovered to fentanyl after making the alleged drug arrest earlier. They used Narcan to revive Dinell and he recovered hours later.

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Fresno County District Lawyer Lisa Smittcamp stated in an announcement that Dinell was a patrol sergeant for years and didn’t make any arrests.

“Because the chief stated, (Dinell’s) job duties don’t embrace these forms of issues the place he’s the first particular person concerned often with the suspects or the witnesses within the circumstances. So we’ve began to audit a few of his circumstances and we shall be wanting in-depth on the particulars of all of the circumstances that he has been concerned in.”