Redding police officer arrested for driving under the influence

Mar 2, 2015 8:29 PM

A Redding police officer finds himself on the wrong side of the law after being arrested on DUI charges.
California Highway Patrol officers are investigating a Saturday evening crash that sent the Redding police officer to the hospital.
CHP officers suspect that officer -- who was off-duty at the time -- was driving under the influence.

That officer is 44-year old Matthew Stoker of the Redding Police Department.
It's not clear whether he has been released from the hospital, or is still receiving treatment, after a spokeswoman for Mercy Medical Center declined to comment.

Off-duty Redding police officer Matt Stoker crashed his 2007 Chevy pickup Saturday evening along Keswick Dam Road, just West of Lake Boulevard in Redding.
CHP officers say he was driving westbound on Keswick Dam Road when he lost control on the left-hand curve, and careened into two trees.
Stoker was taken to Mercy Medical Center for moderate to major injuries.
CHP officers found he was not wearing a seat belt, and they suspect Stoker of driving under the influence.

"The mere fact that somebody is a law enforcement officer isn't going to result in either more scrutiny or less scrutiny. It's really dictated by the facts of the case."

Shasta County Deputy District Attorney, Tom Toller, says the fact that Stoker is a police officer has no effect on how his office is going to handle the case.

"If we are talking about a DUI, we're looking at whether there was bad driving, was there a collision, then we are looking at whether there were obvious signs of impairment, then usually we've got some type of toxicology. These are very straight forward types of cases and rarely do we need any kind of investigation."

Court records show Stoker is the third law enforcement officer in five years to be involved in a DUI crash.
He was also involved in a shooting in 2014 after a man pointed a shotgun at him and five other officers.
Stoker is a 15-year veteran of the Redding Police Department.

"We expect professionalism from our law enforcement officers, and it's a disappointment when it's lacking."

Action News Now called Redding Police Chief Robert Paoletti, but he did not comment on the incident,
CHP says once it wraps up with the investigation, it's handing the case over to the Shasta County District Attorney's Office.


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