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.



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