According to the Visalia Times-Delta, an off-duty Tulare police officer was driving under the influence when she crashed her cruiser.
The officer, Shannon Oliver, 41, was found walking away from her police car when Visalia officers responded to reports of a single-vehicle DUI accident around 9:40 p.m. According to police, Oliver hit two road signs before crashing into a chain link fence on the side of the road.
Oliver’s blood-alcohol level was .22, which is nearly three times the legal limit of .08. She has been placed on administrative leave and is set to appear in court April 12 on DUI charges.
According to the Tulare Police Department, “Officers are not above the law. If they’re accused of wrong doing, they’ll go through the process just like anyone else.”
If charged and convicted with the DUI misdemeanor violation, Oliver will be faced with restitution fines associated with fence, sign and vehicle repair, according to Assistant District Attorney Shani Jenkins.