Park Ranger slams into telephone pole in Oroville, vehicle seen fleeing

Oroville A California State Parks officer Thursday crashed a patrol vehicle into a parked auto and power pole and fled the scene, according to officials. It took several officers to stop his vehicle and take him into custody.

43-year-old Daniel Kenney was taken into custody immediately following the auto accident involving a state vehicle. The incident was caught on camera by Branden Dean Hinton and posted on Facebook.

The crash occurred at the intersection of Oro Quincy Highway and Oro Dam Boulevard in Oroville where the accident happened around 2:30 this afternoon.

The Facebook video shows the SUV crashed in a parking lot after hitting a parked vehicle and power pole.

CHP Officer Chris Alves said he's seen the video. One officer hits the passenger side window with a baton, breaking it. The SUV then runs over part of the crashed pole and continues out into the street, skirting around police and other vehicles, briefly stopping, then speeding away. According to the CHP, he was determined not to be under the influence.

Daniel Kenney, who is listed as a state park peace officer supervisor, was then handed over to his department, who promptly placed him on paid administrative leave.

CHP investigators said cause of the accident and subsequent actions by the driver are being investigated, and are now in the early stages.

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. He was not arrested.

DeWall said Kenney was on duty at the time of the crash.

Refraining from pulling their guns, the California Highway Patrol officers then tried to chase the state park law enforcement officer on foot as he pulled up to a traffic light, but then he sped away.

The CHP said Kenney suffered minor injuries in the wreck.

Kenney, a K-9 officer who made more than $95,000 previous year, was the recipient of the 2012 Top Dog Award along with his dog Kilo for "demonstrating the best discipline, teamwork, and overall skills".

  • Zachary Reyes