Pat Hedges makes a splash

January 21, 2015
Pat Hedges

Pat Hedges

Former San Luis Obispo County sheriff Pat Hedges has burst back onto the scene by crashing into a fire hydrant and knocking out power — not in pursuit of a suspect — rather by accident.

San Luis Obispo Police Captain Chris Staley identified Hedges as the man behind the wheel in an early morning collision on Sunday. Shortly after 4 a.m., Hedges crashed his white truck into a power pole next to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center that fell onto a sign.B7ok2mUCMAAPAmY

Hedges hit a fire hydrant, as well, sending water gushing skywards. PG&E and city utilities workers worked several hours to restore water and power.

A city fire department tweet indicated that 27 customers were expected to remain without power until noon Sunday. Hedges was trapped in the vehicle, but not injured, according to the fire department.

San Luis Obispo police claim no drugs or alcohol were involved in the collision. Hedges was not arrested.

Five years ago, Hedges left his sheriff’s post, leaving behind a troubled legacy. Costly settlement payouts, controversial marijuana raids and the wiretapping of his top deputy marred his time in office.

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diamond

Another cover up? San Luis Obispo police claim no drugs or alcohol were involved in the collision. Hedges was not arrested. So then, they must have done a sobriety test, right? Certainly anyone else would be subjected to breathalyzer after such a major collision not involving another vehicle….but I bet they just did the good ole boy handshake. Time to get out new shovels CCN, smells of the blind blue line.


slojo

Maybe he just fell asleep?? LOL!!!!


diamond

Or texting?


Mariposa

Are those photos doctored or is Pat for real? If his crash story wasn’t so insanely ridiculous, it might be amusing.


smile4thecamera

Something is fishy.


HarryMalone

“San Luis Obispo police claim no drugs or alcohol were involved in the collision. Hedges was not arrested”.


HOW ABOUT AT LEAST A TICKET FOR RECKLESS DRIVING!


AND WHO PAYS FOR THE DAMAGE?


WILL PG&E AND THE CITY SEEK COMPENSATION?

(and if not it will be paid for by the rate payers and the tax payers…as always)


AND SINCE THIS WAS SUCH A BLATANT MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT THAT COULD HAVE COST LIVES AT 4 IN THE MORNING COULD WE AT LEAST HAVE SOME IDEA WHAT HE WAS DOING OUT DRIVING SO RECKLESSLY AT THAT HOUR!


agag1

Let’s hope Pat’s insurance is handling the bill.


jms3211

that’s about as black n white(pun intended : ) as to how crooked this county operates. cuz sober people take out telephone polls, fire hydrants, and hospital signs at 4 am constantly. buncha good ole boys with no accountability/justice damn shame


lakerhater

DRIVING. UNDER. THE INFLUENCE.


Kevin Rice

That’s gonna be a big bill. Maybe there’s “professional courtesy” on that too.


agag1

Sure hope his bill includes the cost of the geyser in the photo.


Kevin Rice

That would be the least expensive item, so you know. Hopefully, everything else too.


NorCoMod

Hmmm. 4:AM on a Sunday morning. Sure glad there was no alcohol involved.

Happens all the time people driving around running into fire hydrants. Sure glad Pat wasn’t hurt.


LameCommenter

Well put, NorCoMod. Gave me quite a chuckle; you write tersely which I never learned to do. Brevity is the heart of wit, I think someone said. Alas, I never learned. (Makes me witless, I guess).


And we all remember when the CHP captain pulled his official car to the side near Neal Spring(granddad’s old stomping ground) Road and was “driven home” as a law enforcement courtesy. Although in Marty’s defense he did what you are supposed to do when incapacitated at the wheel, PULL OVER BEFORE you take out power, hydrant, and the poor hospital sign and wash out a nice looking truck.


Was a BAC test administered or field sobriety on Hedges? Sounds like not. There is a thin blue line that appears to be just thick enough to maybe obstruct evidence of officer’s wrong-doing.


Theo P. Neustic

I dunno, maybe he was doing his new job, delivering newspapers for the Trib.


CentralcoastRN

OMG guys. You are sooooo suspicious. The cops didn’t NEED to test him for drugs or ETOH. They could just totally TELL he was sober wooooowwwww. Besides, they were really far away from the nearest hospital at the time of this accident, so I am totally sure the accuracy of the testing would be in question here……