Spokesman for state correctional officers arrested south of Lodi on suspicion of DUI

Lance Corcoran recently called for the recall of Schwarzenegger

By Layla Bohm
News-Sentinel Staff Writer

Updated: Wednesday, October 1, 2008 6:39 AM PDT

A high-ranking state correctional officer who two weeks ago called for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s recall was arrested Monday night south of Lodi on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Lance Christy Corcoran, 44, was booked into the San Joaquin County Jail on suspicion of two counts of DUI and later released from custody, standard procedure in such arrests.

Around 7:20 p.m., a California Highway Patrol officer was on routine patrol when he saw a vehicle on Eight Mile Road west of West Lane (Hutchins Street), said Assistant Chief Mike Champion, of the CHP’s Valley Division.

The vehicle was stopped, the engine was running and the driver, later identified as Corcoran, was slumped over inside, Champion said.

The officer contacted Corcoran, who appeared to be under the influence, and asked him to step out of the vehicle. Corcoran did so, and took field sobriety tests, which led to his arrest.

He was booked at the county jail, where he submitted to a “chemical test,” meaning either blood or urine.

Corcoran is spokesman for the 30,000-member California Correctional Peace Officers Association and appeared on numerous TV broadcasts and newspaper articles in September regarding the recall effort. On Sept. 8, the union launched the recall drive against Schwarzenegger, who had lowered salaries to balance the budget.

In the Tuesday DUI incident, the CHP officer had no idea he’d arrested anybody with public notoriety, Champion said.

“He booked him into the jail, left and went back on patrol,” Champion said of the officer. “It wasn’t until this morning when he went back to the office that he learned of (Corcoran’s) connection to CCPOA.”

Champion, to whom media calls were referred instead of the local Stockton CHP office, did not have any other specific details about the arrest, including the kind of vehicle, Corcoran’s hometown or where he was headed.



Officers Accused Of Assaulting Jail Inmates

Jacksonville, FL) — Two Duval County corrections officers were arrested after authorities said they assaulted inmates at the jail. The alleged incidents occurred on separate occasions, but are similar in that both officers have been accused of abusing their authority by using excessive force. The officer most recently charged is 39-year-old Lonnie Richard Snodgrass, who is accused of battery against a pregnant woman, which is a second-degree felony. Investigators said the incident took place in early August. An inmate told police Snodgrass came from inside the control room, grabbed her by the shirt, pushed her with force onto the elevator causing her to strike her stomach against the back rail. The second incident also took place in August. Officer Felipe Garcia is accused of using a Taser gun to threaten an inmate before hitting him. Both officers are also accused of lying on forms they filled out after the incidents and both face an additional charge of official misconduct by a public servant. Both officers voluntarily asked to be put on a leave of absence without pay. If the officer acquitted, they could return to their jobs.