Re: ‘CHP dropped the ball’ |

Re: ‘CHP dropped the ball’

D.J. Qualls, Lieutenant Commander
Grass Valley Area

I am writing in response to an editorial published in The Union on Sept. 24, 2010. The editorial was titled “CHP dropped the ball” an I would like an opportunity to respond to your readers.

On Sept. 10, 2010, the Manginis’ observed a possible drunken driver and correctly called 911 to report what they were observing.

Unfortunately, all CHP units were busy with calls. By the time a CHP unit became available, CHP dispatch had been given information that the suspected drunken driver had stopped at a residence and gone inside.

As the driver was no longer an immediate threat to public safety, the officer who was available was dispatched to another pending call.

As the commander of the Grass Valley Area, I want to encourage everyone to continue to act on their sightings of suspected impaired drivers by calling 911.

We, in turn, will make every effort to respond and take the appropriate enforcement action.

Other non-emergency calls, such as traffic complaints, can be made to our office at (530) 273-4415.

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