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Off-duty Stockton officer arrested, released after car chase

7:08 PM, Sep 1, 2012   |    comments
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FARMINGTON, CA - An off-duty Stockton police animal services officer was arrested after leading authorities on a car chase Friday night.

Steven Fortney's wife called the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office around 6:20 p.m. after he threatened to commit suicide, San Joaquin County sheriff's Lt. Philip George said.

Deputies and California Highway Patrol officers found Fortney on S. Waverly Road and Highway 4; a family friend was also at the scene attempting to talk to him.

George said Fortney got into his truck and fled the scene, going eastbound on Highway 4; deputies and officers chased after him.

Fortney drove about seven miles, at the speed limit, and pulled over just outside of the county line. When he got out of the car, Fortney continued to act erratically and refused to move away from his truck, George said.

A CHP officer used a bean bag round, knocked Fortney to the ground and then handcuffed him. George said deputies found a gun in his truck.

CHP arrested Fortney around 8:20 p.m. for evading police, possession of a fire arm and DUI. He was released Saturday morning around 6:30 a.m.

Fortney, who was hired in 1984 and assigned to the Animal Services Division, was placed on administrative leave by the Stockton Police Department.


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