At 8:51 PM Saturday, the Oakley Police Officers responded to Main Street at Big Break Road for the report of a two-vehicle collision. in the city of Oakley.
Oakley officers arrived on scene and found a female driver on the ground bleeding from the head and a second male driver walking around. One of the vehicles was on fire and officers put it out with a fire extinguisher. While checking the male’s vehicle one of our officers found a loaded Glock handgun and approximately 250 Oxycontin 30MG pills in a plastic bag. Officers also found the male to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Malcolm Shephard, 25, Oakley was arrested for felony DUI (because of the injury to the other driver), possession of a loaded handgun and possession of drugs for sale.
A Life-Flight Helicopter landed at Main St and Big Break Rd and transported the female driver to John Muir Hospital. Main St and Big Break Rd were closed for approximately 40 minutes.
Hospital staff later advised officers the female was in critical but stable condition with a bleeding brain injury.
Per Oakley Police Chief Paul Beard, he said the suspect was “absolutely” arrested and transported to the PD for processing and blood alcohol testing. He was cited/released from the PD due to officers being needed at the shooting investigation at Carol Lane.
“It is highly unusual that we would do a cite/release in a situation like this, but the extenuating circumstances drove us to do so,” said Chief Beard.
According to an 8:02 pm email Sunday, Malcolm Shephard was arrested for felony DUI, firearm possession, and the possession of drugs for sale as stated in our press release. Mr. Shephard was cited and released at the police department after undergoing a blood test and processing for the listed charges in order to allow more officers to respond to the shooting at Carol Lane. This is not a common practice for Oakley PD, but was necessary due to the urgent and exigent circumstances.
A cite-release is considered an arrest. This case will be forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office where the ultimate prosecutorial determination will be made.