Kern County to review case against Tulare police chief

Kern County to review case against Tulare police chief

By Lewis Griswold | The Fresno Bee

The Kern County District Attorney’s Office will review the domestic violence case against Tulare Police Chief Jerry Breckinridge for possible prosecution, the Tulare County District Attorney’s Office said Thursday.

Tulare County prosecutors are bowing out because “a senior member of the DA’s office” received a phone call from “the reporting party” who alleged that a domestic violence incident took place, Assistant District Attorney Anthony Fultz said.

The phone call was made to a personal cellphone and the caller left a voice message.

“The reporting party did not want to have the case prosecuted and did not intend to cooperate with the prosecution,” Fultz said.

Breckinridge, 47, was arrested late Sunday after his girlfriend, who was not named, reportedly made a complaint to law enforcement about a domestic violence incident Saturday. He was booked and released on bail.

An investigator in the DA’s office took a report about the phone call and message.

The hand-off to another agency is necessary because the person who received the call could be called to testify if the case goes before a judge, Fultz said. It’s impossible to “wall off” that person from the case, he said.

He would not name the official who received the call.

At first, the Tulare County District Attorney’s Office called the California Attorney General’s Office, which declined to take the case.

The Kern County District Attorney’s Office agreed to review it under a standing agreement between the two offices and determine whether to file charges, Fultz said.

Breckinridge remains on the job as Tulare police chief.

The reporter can be reached at (559) 441-6104, or @fb_LewGriswold on Twitter.



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