Former Fullerton police chief, who worked in Long Beach, charged in altercation

Former Fullerton Police Chief David Hendricks and a police captain were charged Friday in connection with an altercation with paramedics at an Irvine concert.

David James Hendricks—who resigned as police chief last month—was charged with two counts of battery on emergency medical technicians and resisting and obstructing an officer, all misdemeanors.

Hendricks formerly served as deputy police chief in Long Beach.

Capt. Thomas William Oliveras Jr., 50, who is on administrative leave, was also charged with battery on an emergency medical technician and a count of resisting and obstructing an officer, both misdemeanors.

The two are scheduled to be arraigned Jan. 9 in the Harbor Justice Center in Newport Beach.

Hendricks, 47, faces up to three years in jail if convicted at trial. Oliveras faces up to two years behind bars if convicted at trial.

The two were attending a Lady Antebellum concert at FivePoint Amphitheatre on Aug. 24 when they allegedly got into a confrontation with a pair of emergency medical technicians who were tending to Hendricks’ wife during the show, according to authorities.

Hendricks allegedly shoved two paramedics as they tended to his wife and Oliveras allegedly placed one in a headlock, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.

When Irvine police responded to the scuffle the two were accused of “obstructing and delaying the investigation,” prosecutors alleged.

The two were kicked out of the concert.

Hendricks stint as chief was short. He was appointed in July 2017 after serving as deputy chief of the Long Beach Police Department.

Hendricks started his law enforcement career in Long Beach in 1994.

Capt. Robert Dunn has been named interim chief as the department looks for a new chief.

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